unittest and automatically firing off tests
tomas at fancy.org
Sat Jun 21 20:27:31 CEST 2003
John J. Lee wrote:
> > 1) Why in the name of all that is holy does unittest.main() throw
> > regardless of tests passing?
> I guess you mean 'raise', not 'throw'. Does it? I don't think it
Yes, I mean raise, and yes, it does. Have you tried executing it
before trying to give advice?
> > 2) Why can't I readily pass a list of tests to unittest.main()?
> > (I mean, besides the fact that it's not implemented; was this
> > a concious ommision?)
> PyUnit works in terms of TestSuites. Read the docs.
Yes I know. Unfortunately, those of us who have read the docs
and read the code understand that unittest.main() takes a module
name or a module, and not a TestSuite.
> For one kludge to run tests from several test scripts, see test.py in
> Doubtless I could have done it better if I'd used all of PyUnit's
Yeah, that's a pretty miserable hack. From discussions
elsewhere, sucking in all of the tests in that way is pretty much
not nice. ;)
> > 3) I feel like I should automatically batch up tests and fire
> > them off to unittest.run() or something similar. Is this as
> > straight-forward and easy, and could I batch them all into one
> > mega-suite? Are there any reasons why I wouldn't want to do
> > that?
> I've always found
> import unittest
> to work fine for most things -- it builds test suites automatically if
> you use standard naming conventions, and has useful command line
> arguments, so you can run a particular TestCase or a particular test
> method on a TestCase from the command line.
Ok, but remember that that only works if all of your tests are in
the global namespace. I suppose that can be, but that's not
really what I'm looking for either.
> If that's not enough, I know it's hard, but you'll just have to admit
> that you need to read the docs ;-)
Thanks, maybe you should yourself before offering this advice. I
have found that the docs that are available are seriously
incomplete so I ended up actually reading the code.
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