[TIP] Nose or zope.testing - running DocFileSuite's

Martin Aspeli optilude at gmx.net
Sun Nov 18 10:17:16 PST 2007

Hi all,

I'm quite convinced this has to do with me being stupid and missing 
something obvious, but I just can't get this to work.

I want to run a DocFileSuite (a doctest in a text file) in a simple 
package. I'd like to use zope.testing's DocFileSuite and test-runner, 
though I'd be happy to use nose or some other reliable test-runner as well.

I've got a setuptools-installed package 'mock.test', which has a 
tests.py that contains:

     import os
     import sys
     import unittest
     from zope.testing import doctest, testrunner

     def test_suite():
         return unittest.TestSuite((

     if __name__ == '__main__':

The doctest.txt file is in the same package and contains a trivial 
failing test.

I can't for the life of me figure out how to run this doctest, though. I 
installed nose, but it won't run the doctest (even with 
--with-doctests), though it will run basic tests that I define as methods.

I then tried to use zope.testing.testrunner.run. In bin/test.py, I have:

     import sys
     import zope.testing.testrunner

     defaults = [
         '--tests-pattern', '^tests$',

     if __name__ == '__main__':

I have then tried to use various invocations, such as:

     $ bin/tests -s mock.tests -t doctest.txt

or various uses of --path or -m, but it's always "ran 0 tests". :-(

Can someone nudge me in the right direction?


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