Author Stefan Sullivan
Recipients Stefan Sullivan, eric.araujo, ezio.melotti, gagern, mark.dickinson, michael.foord, rik.poggi, vila
Date 2019-08-02.01:25:30
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This seems like it directly contradicts the documentation for the discover method:

"If a package (a directory containing a file named is found, the package will be checked for a load_tests function. If this exists then it will be called package.load_tests(loader, tests, pattern)."

I believe this _is_ a functional bug. I have a use case where I have provided a root script with contents along the lines of 

    for d in includes:
        test_dir = os.path.join(search_dir, d)
        if test_dir not in excludes:
            test_suite.addTests(, '*.py', search_dir))

and a load_tests function in one of those directory's However, since test discovery does not pass on the pattern, I cannot possibly discover what the pattern should have been.

Furthermore, if I instead invoke test discovery on the command line using:

    python -m unittest discover -s /path/to/code -t /path/to/code -p *.py

I again will see a load_tests invoked with pattern=None.

What is the situation where load_tests will be invoked with a non-None pattern?

Is there a workaround for how I'm supposed to get this pattern? Is there a convention or design pattern where I'm supposed to return everything and let the caller filter out the extra tests?

As far as I can tell, the load_tests protocol is only relevant to packages (not modules) by virtue of its placement in the file. However, the only way to load tests from a package is via discover, because there is no loadTestsFromPackage method (like there is for loadTestsFromModule). Have I misunderstood the load_tests protocol? Is there some special way to get a pattern?

I feel that if the user really wanted to use their own pattern, being passed a string won't hurt anything, but converse is not true (at least for my use case)
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