[Python-Dev] regrtest.py mystery

Michael Hudson mwh@python.net
17 Dec 2001 14:36:59 +0000

"Fred L. Drake, Jr." <fdrake@acm.org> writes:

> M.-A. Lemburg writes:
>  > How about following Fred's suggestion to run each test in a separate
>  > process (possibly as an option to regrtest.py) ?!
>   I wasn't really suggesting it, but it would solve this particular
> problem.  Note that the effectiveness of this to solve this particular
> problem depends on the set of modules regrtest itself imports; if it
> imports something and catches an ImportError, using a simple fork() to
> create the child is not sufficient.  Using fork()/exec() would be
> extremely slow and should be avoided if we can.

And I think you'd have fun getting anything like that to run on MacOS
before OSX, and probably other oddball platforms (Windows at least has
the os.spawn* functions).

Making the test suite less portable is /unlikely/ to be a win, I'd
have thought.


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