Is there a quick & accurate way to test a python install?

Gene Heskett gheskett at
Sun Dec 16 12:22:32 CET 2012

On Sunday 16 December 2012 01:33:35 Terry Reedy did opine:

> On 12/15/2012 9:59 PM, Gene Heskett wrote:
> > This is 2.6, on ubuntu-10.04.4 LTS
> > 
> > gene at lathe:/usr/lib/python2.6/test$ python -m test.regrtest
> That should be the right incantation for 2.6.
> > test_grammar
> > test_grammar skipped -- No module named test_grammar
> > test_opcodes
> > test_opcodes skipped -- No module named test_opcodes
> > test_dict
> > test_dict skipped -- No module named test_dict
> > test_builtin
> You appear to have some of /Lib/test/ present, including
> Lib/test/, but not move of the files. I do not
> know what is normal for an Ubuntu distribution. On Windows, I believe it
> is all or nothing.
gene at lathe:/usr/lib/python2.6$ locate lib/test

There are half a dozen or more branches of the python tree that claim to 
have test things, but the universal answer is:

gene at lathe:/usr/lib/python2.6$ cd /usr/share/pyshared/numpy/lib/tests
gene at lathe:/usr/share/pyshared/numpy/lib/tests$ python -m test -uall
/usr/bin/python: test is a package and cannot be directly executed

I have installed several more python 'likely suspects' but have not changed 
a thing in the results.
> > ImportError: cannot import name test_timeout
> I have no idea why this one gave an exception rather than a skip.

Cheers, Gene
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