Running all unit tests

Jason Voegele jason at
Sat Feb 7 07:54:23 EST 2009

Ben Finney wrote:
> Jason Voegele <jason at> writes:
>> What's the recommended approach for Python programs? I'm sure I
>> could write a shell script (or a Python script even) that scans my
>> "test" directory for test cases and runs them, but I'm wondering if
>> there's something already built in that could do this for me.
> The lack of a built-in “collect and run all the tests in this working
> tree” in the Python unit test system is a known problem; discussions
> are ongoing what to do about it.
> Meanwhile, the third-party ‘nose’ system
> <URL:> provides this
> and much more, while remaining compatible with both testing systems in
> the standard library.
> I generally set up a ‘test’ target in my Makefile, such that it will
> use ‘nosetests’ to collect and run all the tests; then I just run
> ‘make test’ in a loop that is triggered by any filesystem change in my
> project working tree.

Thanks to all for the helpful responses.  It's good to know I'm not the only 
one that has thought of this as a shortcoming.

Jason Voegele
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