[TIP] About assertMultilineEqual

Ned Batchelder ned at nedbatchelder.com
Sun Aug 15 18:21:04 PDT 2010

I had to bridge this gap for coverage.py, and ended up doing it for a 
few methods, see 

But this method bothers me: the Multiline aspect has nothing to do with 
the comparison, only with the reporting of failed assertions.  Better 
would be to have assertEqual be smart enough to recognize that the 
arguments are multiline strings, and just do the right thing with them.


On 8/15/2010 8:42 PM, Alfredo Deza wrote:
> Hi,
> Is there anything like assertMultilineEqual 
> <http://docs.python.org/library/unittest.html#unittest.TestCase.assertMultiLineEqual> 
> for older versions of Python (e.g. not 2.7)?
> I think nose and pytest may have already solved that, but is there an 
> easy way that doesn't require added dependencies?
> Thanks!
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