Spurious test failure: test_create_notification

Thomas De Schampheleire patrickdepinguin at gmail.com
Mon Jun 22 06:48:42 EDT 2015

On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 12:19 PM, Thomas De Schampheleire
<patrickdepinguin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 9:59 AM, Thomas De Schampheleire
> <patrickdepinguin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm seeing a spurious test failure on test_create_notification.
>> Repeating the test makes it succeed.
>> Is anyone seeing the same? Any ideas on the cause?
>> I'm only starting to see this recently, so it must be caused by
>> a. a test change
>> b. switch to py.test (didn't try with nosetest yet)
>> kallithea/tests/models/test_notifications.py:48: in test_create_notification
>>     self.assertEqual([], Notification.query().all())
>> E   AssertionError: Lists differ: [] != [<DB:Notification>]
>> E
>> E   Second list contains 1 additional elements.
>> E   First extra element 0:
>> E   <DB:Notification>
>> E
>> E   - []
>> E   + [<DB:Notification>]
> Upon deeper investigation, it turns out that this issue is not so
> spurious at all. It looked like that because it really is a bleeding
> of state from one test to the other, and repeating the failing test on
> its own does not have this bleed.
> The issue was introduced with my commit
> 9a23b444a7fefe5b67e57a42d26343787d992874 pullrequests: detect invalid
> reviewers and raise HTTPBadRequest
> that added more tests in test_pullrequests.py, and apparently these
> tests cause a new notification for the test user.
> My idea would be that this is not really a mistake of my tests, but
> rather there should never be impact from one test to another. The
> database before and after each test should be identical.
> Am I naive in assuming this?
> How should we fix this?

To clarify: this behavior is seen with nosetests as well.

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