Running python's own unit tests?

Tim Golden mail at
Thu Nov 14 21:18:04 CET 2013

On 14/11/2013 20:13, Zachary Ware wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM, Russell E. Owen <rowen at> wrote:
>> I'm building python from source and trying to figure out how to test the
>> result. I must be overlooking something obvious, but I looked through
>> the documentation and source and tried some google searches (which turn
>> up plenty about writing unit tests in python, but nothing about testing
>> a python distribution).
>> Any hints?
> `python -m test -uall` will test everything (where 'python' invokes
> the interpreter you built, which may be "python_d.exe" on Windows if
> you built in Debug mode, or "python.exe" on OSX).  If you're testing
> 2.7, '-m test' needs to be '-m test.regrtest'.
> For any further detail, check Tim's link to the devguide, specifically
> the chapter on running tests.

Sorry if I seemed a bit terse; I was just on my way downstairs. But the 
front page his quite neat instructions for building and testing on most 


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