Linux users: please run gui tests

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sat Aug 8 03:16:41 CEST 2015

On 8/6/2015 10:07 PM, Terry Reedy wrote:
> Python has an extensive test suite run after each 'batch' of commits on
> a variety of buildbots.  However, the Linux buildbots all (AFAIK) run
> 'headless', with gui's disabled.  Hence the following
> test_tk test_ttk_guionly test_idle
> (and on 3.5, test_tix, but not important)
> are skipped either in whole or in part.
> We are planning on adding the use of tkinter.ttk to Idle after the 3.5.0
> release, but a couple of other core developers have expressed concern
> about the reliability of tkinter.ttk on Linux.
> There is also an unresolved issue where test_ttk hung on Ubuntu Unity 3
> years ago.
> I would appreciate it if some people could run the linux version of
> py -3.4 -m test -ugui test_tk test_ttk_guionly test_idle
> (or 3.5).  I guess this means 'python3 for the executable.
> and report here python version, linux system, and result.
> Alteration of environment and locale is a known issue, skip that.

I should have mentioned the flashing boxes...

Anyway, 6 people have run these so far on a variety of common systems:
Debian Wheezy, Debian Jessie, Mint, Gentoo, openSUSE, and Ubuntu. One 
ttk test failed once but passed on retry. Three obscure tk tests failed 
on another system.  On the same system, though, the ttk and (incomplete) 
idle tests passed. Conclusion: I should not worry about ttk on Linux. 
Thank you all for helping.

Terry Jan Reedy

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