[TIP] getting the result of a test in teardown_method?

Mark Roddy markroddy at gmail.com
Tue May 11 09:13:46 PDT 2010

On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM, Mark Roddy <markroddy at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 10:44 AM, C. Titus Brown <ctb at msu.edu> wrote:
>> On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 11:30:10AM +0200, holger krekel wrote:
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> It's hacky, but you could accomplish this w/unittest by sub-classing
> TestResult (or more likely _TextTestResult), overriding the
> startTest(test) method and setting an attribute on the test instance
> passed to the test result instance.  Then in your tearDown() you can
> grab the test result object and find the result of the test run
> (though this will take some mucking w/the internal structures of
> TestResult which are not geared for accessing results for a specific
> test.  Due to this you should probably add some convenience methods to
> the TestResult class to make it easier).
> You'll also need to inject your new subclass to make sure your
> TestResult gets used instead of the underlying one.  Look at
> TestCase.defaultTestResult() and TextTestRunner._makeResult(),
> I'm not advocating this approach, but it will get the job done.
> -Mark

Here's an example implementation:

Alternatively, to avoid the monkey patching and the circular
dependency between test result and the test case object you could just
subclass TestCase and override the run() method to set an attribute
when a failure occurs.  Down side of this is it involves a good deal
of code duplication.  See here:


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