[Python-Dev] doctest extensions

Jim Fulton jim@zope.com
Sun, 18 May 2003 14:28:55 -0400

I've written some doctest extensions to:

- Generate a unitest (pyunit) test suite from a module with doctest
   tests. Each doc string containing one or more doctest tests becomes
   a test case.

   If a test fails, an error message is included in the unittest
   output that has the module file name and the approximate line number
   of the docstring containing the failed test formatted in a way
   understood by emacs error parsing. This is important. ;)

- Debug doctest tests.  Normally, doctest tests can't be debugged
   with pdb because, while they are running, doctest has taken over
   standard output.  This tool extracts the tests in a doc string
   into a separate script and runs pdb on it.

- Extract a doctest doc string into a script file.

I think that these would be good additions to doctest and propose
to add them,

The current source can be found here:


I ended up using a slightly different (and simpler) strategy for
finding docstrings than doctest uses.  This might be an issue.


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