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Title: Let unittest.TestProgram()'s defaultTest argument be a list
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.4
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: michael.foord Nosy List: chris.jerdonek, ezio.melotti, michael.foord, nailor, petri.lehtinen, python-dev
Priority: normal Keywords: easy, patch

Created on 2012-06-22 08:25 by chris.jerdonek, last changed 2022-04-11 14:57 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
issue15132_py3.patch nailor, 2012-10-23 13:04
issue15132_py3_v2.patch nailor, 2012-11-25 12:41
issue15132_py3_no_convert.patch nailor, 2012-11-26 00:00
Messages (13)
msg163386 - (view) Author: Chris Jerdonek (chris.jerdonek) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-06-22 08:25
It would be nice if unittest.TestProgram(), aka unittest.main(), allowed one to set self.testNames by programmatically passing in a list of test names.

Currently, unittest.main() almost allows this: the constructor sets self.testNames to a 1-tuple containing the value of the defaultTest argument.  But defaultTest can only be a string, not a list of test names.

A way around this is to pass the test names explicitly via the argv argument, but this seems less elegant as a programmatic API.  Moreover, this approach isn't equivalent because test names passed via argv first get passed to a _convert_names() function.

It seems like it would be a natural and simple change to enhance unittest.TestProgram() to accept not just a name but also a list of names for the defaultTest argument.  Thanks.
msg173609 - (view) Author: Jyrki Pulliainen (nailor) * Date: 2012-10-23 13:02
Added a patch for passing everything of not type basestring to tuple constructor and assigns that to testnames.
msg173628 - (view) Author: Chris Jerdonek (chris.jerdonek) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-10-23 18:14
Thanks for the patch.

-            self.testNames = (self.defaultTest,)
+            if isinstance(self.defaultTest, str):
+                self.testNames = (self.defaultTest,)
+            else:
+                self.testNames = tuple(self.defaultTest)

Is there any reason this is a tuple instead of a list?  A list would be more flexible.  In contrast, the _convert_names() function used in this line of code sets self.testNames to be a list of test names:

    self.testNames = _convert_names(args)

(from )

By the way, this can only go into Python 3.4 as it is an enhancement.
msg176346 - (view) Author: Jyrki Pulliainen (nailor) * Date: 2012-11-25 12:41
I rebased this change on top of 3.4 and in case of an iterable argument it now uses the _convert_names function to convert it to a list of test names.
msg176381 - (view) Author: Chris Jerdonek (chris.jerdonek) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-11-25 18:18
To clarify, I didn't say that _convert_names() should be used.  I was just noting that it returns a list.
msg176391 - (view) Author: Jyrki Pulliainen (nailor) * Date: 2012-11-25 23:59
Yeah, I added the convert names call mostly to make the behavior the same as with passing things from command line.

However, then we should probably wrap the case of str argument to _convert_name and the conversion behavior might be bit too implicit.

I added another patch which does not do the convert_names, but just makes it a list
msg182783 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2013-02-23 17:56
New changeset 4e2bfe6b227a by Petri Lehtinen in branch 'default':
Issue #15132: Allow a list for the defaultTest argument of unittest.TestProgram
msg182784 - (view) Author: Petri Lehtinen (petri.lehtinen) * (Python committer) Date: 2013-02-23 17:57
Applied, thanks!
msg182831 - (view) Author: Chris Jerdonek (chris.jerdonek) * (Python committer) Date: 2013-02-23 23:16
Thanks, Jyrki and Petri.  I just noticed that a "Changed in version" should probably be added at the end of this section:

*defaultTest* should probably also be documented in the text (it currently appears only in the documentation signature), though this part of my comment need not be done as part of this issue.
msg182832 - (view) Author: Chris Jerdonek (chris.jerdonek) * (Python committer) Date: 2013-02-23 23:17
I can take care of the Changed in version.
msg182836 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2013-02-23 23:47
New changeset 4285d13fd3dc by Chris Jerdonek in branch 'default':
Add a "Changed in version" to the docs for issue #15132.
msg182840 - (view) Author: Chris Jerdonek (chris.jerdonek) * (Python committer) Date: 2013-02-24 00:15
> *defaultTest* should probably also be documented in the text

I created issue 17282 for this.
msg207181 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2014-01-02 18:44
New changeset 1bbf8c263d3c by R David Murray in branch 'default':
Merge and update #17282: Document unittest.main defaultTest argument.
Date User Action Args
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2013-02-24 00:15:59chris.jerdoneksetmessages: + msg182840
2013-02-23 23:47:28python-devsetmessages: + msg182836
2013-02-23 23:17:41chris.jerdoneksetmessages: + msg182832
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2013-02-23 17:57:04petri.lehtinensetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
messages: + msg182784

stage: resolved
2013-02-23 17:56:31python-devsetnosy: + python-dev
messages: + msg182783
2012-11-26 00:00:25nailorsetfiles: + issue15132_py3_no_convert.patch
2012-11-25 23:59:56nailorsetmessages: + msg176391
2012-11-25 18:18:05chris.jerdoneksetmessages: + msg176381
2012-11-25 12:42:11nailorsetfiles: - issue15132_py2.patch
2012-11-25 12:41:13nailorsetfiles: + issue15132_py3_v2.patch

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2012-10-24 22:06:20michael.foordsetassignee: michael.foord
2012-10-23 18:14:45chris.jerdoneksetmessages: + msg173628
versions: + Python 3.4, - Python 3.3
2012-10-23 13:04:44nailorsetfiles: + issue15132_py3.patch
2012-10-23 13:02:03nailorsetfiles: + issue15132_py2.patch

nosy: + nailor
messages: + msg173609

keywords: + patch
2012-10-23 10:02:13petri.lehtinensetnosy: + petri.lehtinen
2012-06-22 16:09:59ezio.melottisetnosy: + ezio.melotti, michael.foord
2012-06-22 08:25:30chris.jerdonekcreate