[Python-Dev] "unit test needed"

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Mon Jan 10 20:52:25 CET 2011

On 10/01/2011 19:48, Alexander Belopolsky wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Éric Araujo<merwok at netwok.org>  wrote:
>>>> +1 to rename it “test needed”
>>>> +1 to remove it
>> I meant either one would be an improvement.
> +1 to remove it
> Let's remove it first, an then decide if another stage is necessary.
> The problems with "unit test needed" is that
> 1. It is not clear whether unit tests should be written before or
> after a patch and thus once a bug is acknowledged as valid, what an
> appropriate stage should be.
> 2. For a bug that needs confirmation as being reproducible, it
> suggests that familiarity with unit test framework in necessary to
> move the issue forward.  In fact, in many cases a short stand-alone
> script is more helpful than a Lib/test patch.
> I think "patch needed" is a good enough first stage.  For bugs it
> should be set when there is a rough consensus that the behavior is a
> bug and for RFEs, it should be set when a decision to include cannot
> be made without an implementation.

Agree. "Patch needed" applies if the patch is incomplete, and if it 
lacks tests then it is incomplete.


> While there is no agreement on whether the bug is valid or whether an
> RFE makes any sense, the stage can stay undefined.
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