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Author jaraco
Recipients ethan.furman, jaraco
Date 2021-12-19.03:22:25
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After some investigation (and tracing calls through a dozen or more layers), I found that Python's own regression tests can disable this behavior thus:

diff --git a/Lib/test/support/ b/Lib/test/support/
index 2cd1366cd8..328ca8760e 100644
--- a/Lib/test/support/
+++ b/Lib/test/support/
@@ -145,7 +145,8 @@ def get_test_runner_class(verbosity, buffer=False):
         return functools.partial(unittest.TextTestRunner,
-                                 verbosity=verbosity)
+                                 verbosity=verbosity,
+                                 descriptions=False,)
     return functools.partial(QuietRegressionTestRunner, buffer=buffer)
 def get_test_runner(stream, verbosity, capture_output=False):

Combined with the above diff (with a docstring), the output is now as desired:

$ ./python.exe -m test -v test_importlib | grep '... ERROR'
test_entry_points_unique_packages (test.test_importlib.test_metadata_api.APITests) ... ERROR
test test_importlib failed

It seems it would be wise to enable this setting by default, given that without it, every test module is forced to replace docstrings with comments.
Date User Action Args
2021-12-19 03:22:25jaracosetrecipients: + jaraco, ethan.furman
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