[TIP] The role of nose2 in relation to unittest2
fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Wed Sep 29 05:05:28 PDT 2010
On 28/09/2010 20:24, Arve Knudsen wrote:
>> How about a general way of installing unittest2 plugins so they
>> are automatically detected by the unit2 runner? This is how I'd
>> like to be using unittest2 I think; the runner gives me all the
>> control I need (for example, stop on first failure) and I can
>> extend it with the domain-specific functionality that I need
>> (e.g., coverage analysis). Hudson is a good analogue in this
>> regard IMO; it's an excellent basic CI system, but
>> domain-specific functionality (e.g. Git integration) is
>> implemented through plugins. This design works superbly in
>> practice, I might add :)
> When the extensions mechanism lands in distutils2 I will provide a
> tool that that does this - detects and configures unittest2
> plugins for you.
> The alternative is that installing a unittest2 plugin (or any
> package that also provides a unittest2 plugin) *automatically*
> activates it. This would slow down startup and mean that the only
> way of deactivating a buggy or unhelpful plugin is to uninstall
> the package that provides it. I'm reluctant to do this, but could
> provide an alternative runner (or command line switch perhaps)
> that does this.
> Could you describe how detection/configuration of plugins would work?
> I'm curious. Could it be viable to configure unittest2 to
> automatically detect plugins, and also explicitly disable plugins
> (i.e., you want most plugins, and only need to disable a few)? It just
> struck me as a sensible middle ground.
distutils2 allows installed packages to include metadata and provides an
API for querying that metadata. One of the proposed bits of metadata is
to be about extensions.
unittest2 will be able to call an api that queries all packages
installed by distutils2 and gets back a list of all available plugins.
So there are basically two possible approaches:
1) On startup the unittest2 test runner could call this api, discover
all available plugins and activate all of them except for explicitly
2) A config management tool could be used to show all available plugins
and activate / disable them (basically a configuration management tool).
zero configuration for the case where you want installed plugins to
still needs manual configuration where you want to disable
needs to query all installed packages every time the runner starts
no performance implications
more 'explicit': after installation plugins must be explicitly
installed plugins must be explicitly activated to be used
Of course *both* are possible - with either two different test runner
scripts or a command line switch to choose between them.
Whichever of these three options (1, 2 or both) is implemented,
alternative tools (like a GUI) could still be implemented to manage the
All the best,
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