[TIP] including (or not) tests within your package

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Thu Jul 29 08:07:04 PDT 2010

On Jul 28, 2010, at 07:49 AM, Olemis Lang wrote:

>>> +1 for including the tests by default.
>> Agreed 100x with Barry -
>IMO, tests shouldn't be installed in production systems ...

It's certainly within the decisions of platform packagers to separate tests
from the code, but I'd argue that it's not worth it.  I just don't see what
advantage *not* including the tests gives you.  And arguably it can make for
more complicated packaging, especially when those tests are in-tree, which is
usually how I structure my development branches.

Sure, there are exceptions, and big frameworks/packages might want to do
things differently.  But I'd argue that the *majority* of Python packages are
fairly simple and straightforward and it's better (and easier!) to just
include the tests.

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