[Python-Dev] Testing tkinter on Linux

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Aug 27 06:20:54 CEST 2015

None of the linux buildbots run with X enabled.  Consequently none of 
the tkinter (or tkinter user) gui tests are run on Linux.  It was thus 
pointed out to me, during discussion of using ttk widgets in Idle, that 
we do not really know if ttk works on the variety of Linux systems 
(beyond the one Serhiy uses) and that I should look into this.

I asked on python-list for help, by linux users running
python3 -m test -ugui test_tk test_ttk_guionly test_idle

Seven people did so with Debian Jessie, Debian Wheezy, Gentoo, Mint, 
openSUSE, and Ubuntu (x2). One machine failed once with the ttk test, 
and then passed.  Another failed the tk test until a mis-configuration 
was fixed.  So tkinter, and ttk in particular, seems to be working on linux.

Do any of the core devs who run the test suite on Linux do so with -uall 
or -ugui?  The gui tests above take about 10 seconds (mostly the tk 
test) on my machine, with some flashing boxes near the end.

Terry Jan Reedy

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