[Python-checkins] r80980 - python/trunk/Doc/library/unittest.rst

michael.foord python-checkins at python.org
Sat May 8 17:09:37 CEST 2010

Author: michael.foord
Date: Sat May  8 17:09:37 2010
New Revision: 80980

Documenting test discovery from package name and potential problems with test discovery importing tests from the wrong location. Issue 7780 and issue 8547.


Modified: python/trunk/Doc/library/unittest.rst
--- python/trunk/Doc/library/unittest.rst	(original)
+++ python/trunk/Doc/library/unittest.rst	Sat May  8 17:09:37 2010
@@ -280,6 +280,27 @@
    python -m unittest discover -s project_directory -p '*_test.py'
    python -m unittest discover project_directory '*_test.py'
+As well as being a path it is possible to pass a package name, for example
+``myproject.subpackage.test``, as the start directory. The package name you
+supply will then be imported and its location on the filesystem will be used
+as the start directory.
+.. caution::
+    Test discovery loads tests by importing them. Once test discovery has
+    found all the test files from the start directory you specify it turns the
+    paths into package names to import. For example `foo/bar/baz.py` will be
+    imported as ``foo.bar.baz``.
+    If you have a package installed globally and attempt test discovery on
+    a different copy of the package then the import *could* happen from the
+    wrong place. If this happens test discovery will warn you and exit.
+    If you supply the start directory as a package name rather than a
+    path to a directory then discover assumes that whichever location it
+    imports from is the location you intended, so you will not get the
+    warning.
 Test modules and packages can customize test loading and discovery by through
 the `load_tests protocol`_.

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