pytest adoption: current status (beginning of May)

Thomas De Schampheleire patrickdepinguin at
Fri May 15 15:37:53 EDT 2015

On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 9:01 PM, Thomas De Schampheleire
<patrickdepinguin at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> So the official part of 'pytest adoption month' is over, so it's high
> time to look back.
> The main achievement is that py.test now can be used as test runner!
> This has been the major accomplishment of the month, thanks to the
> efforts of Marc and Ronny. Thanks to both of you to make this happen.
> Visually, the output of py.test feels much cleaner and dense than
> nosetests. However, the initial database setup code used to be silent
> with nosetests, but is now spitting out a lot of data. Is it possible
> to silence this?
> Another point: it seems that py.test is currently not in Kallithea's
> dependency list, meaning that nosetests is installed by
> default but py.test is not. Shouldn't we change this?
> Unfortunately, due to the amount of unforeseen issues in making this
> happen, there has not been much other work in the test area.
> Marc, Ronny: are you still interested in contributing in the test area
> of Kallithea?
> On
> I had listed some items, copy pasted-below for convenience:
> 1. One aspect I recently inquired about myself is related to fixtures
> and the creation/modification of a repository for the execution of a
> test. See
> and Mads' reply:
> Fixing this would probably require both help from pytest as internal
> knowledge of Kallithea.
> 2. Improving existing tests to write them in a more pytest way
> 3. Misc improvements
>   a. do not dump all test files in /tmp but rather in a subdirectory
>   b. check why parallel test execution seems to fail (at least on
> nosetests it does)
>   c. investigate/profile why each test takes relatively long to
> complete, while really most tests are making a simple http request and
> check some output.
> I guess that 3a is an easy fix for py.test experts but would render my
> /tmp directory much more readable.
> Item 1 has the highest value for me: I got blocked trying to write
> such test, and it would be great to being able to continue here.
> Item 3c and/or 3b could help in case it is possible to speed up the
> overall test execution. Currently, on my laptop, the tests take about
> 900 seconds, which is pretty long IMO.

On a related note: Mads reported that the amount of tests collected by
pytest outnumbered the amount of tests collected by nose. I compared
the output of 'nosetests --collect-only' and 'py.test --collect-only',
and conclude that this difference is due to the fact that pytest
counts a parametrized test with n parameter sets as n+1 (including the
unparametrized test), while nose counts it as n.

So according to me, there is no issue and the same tests are run with
either test runner.

Best regards,

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