Author terry.reedy
Recipients Saimadhav.Heblikar, terry.reedy
Date 2014-06-07.00:38:04
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Tests that need at most tkinter Variables and message boxes run without gui since those are easy to mock and we want to set and retrieve values on MBox. Tests of displayed widgets other than Text are gui tests (unless we were to developed a substantial tk mock, which is beyond current plans). So the present issue is limited to test functions that involve Text and nothing else visible.

Having tried it, I prefer if-(and sometimes)-else blocks to commented out code. I dislike the latter in idle files: did someone just forget to remove it? If not, why is it there?  So I think your idea of completely switching to conditional code is a good idea. 

We must not directly switch on _is_gui_available(). If a system running tests under test, which means under test.regrtest, does not request 'gui', the gui tests should not run even if they could be. Try "python -m test -v test_idle" and you will see (at the moment) 67 OK and many skips, versus 110 ok and no skips with 'python -m test.text_idle'.

I think this should work:

import unicode
from import requires
    from tkinter import Tk, Text
    running_gui = True
except unicode.SkipTest:
    from idlelib.idle_test.mock_tk import Text
    running_gui = False

running_gui would then be used for conditional expressions. I believe we could wrap the above, modified, in a function, such as mock_tk.get_text.

def get_text(gui_ok=True):
    if gui_ok:
        import unicode
        from import requires
            from tkinter import Text
            return Text, True
        except unicode.SkipTest:
   # else gui not ok or not available
   return Text, False

and use it as follows in a test_file.

from idlelib.idle_test.mock_tk import get_text # and anything else
Text, running_gui = get_text()  # (0), temporarily, to force non-gui 

This needs to be tested. Tests would be committed without 0, though forgetting to remove it would not be tragic.

Running a non-gui test on all buildbots is considered better than a gui test on a few. After thinking about your idea, I believe gui when possible, non-gui otherwise is even better. Should get_text work, but it be decided that all non-gui is better, the sense of the get_text parameter could be flipped to change all tests at once.
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