Problem understanding some unit tests in Python distribution

André andre.roberge at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 10:51:52 CEST 2009


On Apr 4, 4:38 am, Peter Otten <__pete... at web.de> wrote:
> André wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
>
> > In the hope of perhaps contributing some additional unit tests for
> > Python (thus contributing back to the community), I dove in the code
> > and found something that should be simple but that I can not wrap my
> > head around.
>
> > In list_tests.py, one finds
> > ===
> > from test import test_support, seq_tests
>
> > class CommonTest(seq_tests.CommonTest):
>
> >     def test_init(self):
> >         # Iterable arg is optional
> >         self.assertEqual(self.type2test([]), self.type2test())
> > # etc.
> > ===
>
> > Wanting to figure out what the type2test() method does, I looked in
> > seq_tests.py and found the following:
>
> > ===
> > class CommonTest(unittest.TestCase):
> >     # The type to be tested
> >     type2test = None
>
> >     def test_constructors(self):
> >         l0 = []
> >         l1 = [0]
> >         l2 = [0, 1]
>
> >         u = self.type2test()
> >         u0 = self.type2test(l0)
> >         u1 = self.type2test(l1)
> >         u2 = self.type2test(l2)
>
> > # etc.
> > ===
> > No where do I find a definition for the type2test() method - other
> > than seeing it as a class variable defined to be None by default.  I
> > looked in unittest.TestCase and did not see it anywhere.
>
> > Am I missing something obvious?  I would appreciate if someone could
> > point me in the right direction.
>
> Use grep ;)
>

I sort of did (use a "find all" from within my editor...)

> CommonTest is not run standalone, it is used as a(n abstract) base class for
> several other tests that override type2test.
>
> E. g. in Lib/test/list_tests.py:
>
> from test import test_support, seq_tests
>
> class CommonTest(seq_tests.CommonTest):
> ...
>
> And then in Lib/test/test_list.py:
>
> from test import test_support, list_tests
>
> class ListTest(list_tests.CommonTest):
>     type2test = list

I can't believe I missed that one.

Thank you very much!

André

> ...
>
> Peter




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