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Module: testing.tools

Inheritance diagram for IPython.testing.tools:

Generic testing tools that do NOT depend on Twisted.

In particular, this module exposes a set of top-level assert* functions that can be used in place of nose.tools.assert* in method generators (the ones in nose can not, at least as of nose 0.10.4).

Note: our testing package contains testing.util, which does depend on Twisted and provides utilities for tests that manage Deferreds. All testing support tools that only depend on nose, IPython or the standard library should go here instead.




class IPython.testing.tools.AssertNotPrints(s, channel='stdout', suppress=True)

Bases: IPython.testing.tools.AssertPrints

Context manager for checking that certain output isn’t produced.

Counterpart of AssertPrints

__init__(s, channel='stdout', suppress=True)


class IPython.testing.tools.AssertPrints(s, channel='stdout', suppress=True)

Bases: object

Context manager for testing that code prints certain text.


>>> with AssertPrints("abc", suppress=False):
...     print "abcd"
...     print "def"
__init__(s, channel='stdout', suppress=True)


class IPython.testing.tools.TempFileMixin

Bases: object

Utility class to create temporary Python/IPython files.

Meant as a mixin class for test cases.


x.__init__(...) initializes x; see help(type(x)) for signature

mktmp(src, ext='.py')

Make a valid python temp file.



IPython.testing.tools.check_pairs(func, pairs)

Utility function for the common case of checking a function with a sequence of input/output pairs.

Parameters :

func : callable

The function to be tested. Should accept a single argument.

pairs : iterable

A list of (input, expected_output) tuples.

Returns :

None. Raises an AssertionError if any output does not match the expected :

value. :


Return a valid default argv for creating testing instances of ipython


Return a config object with good defaults for testing.

IPython.testing.tools.full_path(startPath, files)

Make full paths for all the listed files, based on startPath.

Only the base part of startPath is kept, since this routine is typically used with a script’s __file__ variable as startPath. The base of startPath is then prepended to all the listed files, forming the output list.

Parameters :

startPath : string

Initial path to use as the base for the results. This path is split

using os.path.split() and only its first component is kept.

files : string or list

One or more files.


>>> full_path('/foo/bar.py',['a.txt','b.txt'])
['/foo/a.txt', '/foo/b.txt']
>>> full_path('/foo',['a.txt','b.txt'])
['/a.txt', '/b.txt']

If a single file is given, the output is still a list: >>> full_path(‘/foo’,’a.txt’) [‘/a.txt’]

IPython.testing.tools.ipexec(fname, options=None)

Utility to call ‘ipython filename’.

Starts IPython witha minimal and safe configuration to make startup as fast as possible.

Note that this starts IPython in a subprocess!

Parameters :

fname : str

Name of file to be executed (should have .py or .ipy extension).

options : optional, list

Extra command-line flags to be passed to IPython.

Returns :

(stdout, stderr) of ipython subprocess. :

IPython.testing.tools.ipexec_validate(fname, expected_out, expected_err='', options=None)

Utility to call ‘ipython filename’ and validate output/error.

This function raises an AssertionError if the validation fails.

Note that this starts IPython in a subprocess!

Parameters :

fname : str

Name of the file to be executed (should have .py or .ipy extension).

expected_out : str

Expected stdout of the process.

expected_err : optional, str

Expected stderr of the process.

options : optional, list

Extra command-line flags to be passed to IPython.

Returns :

None :

IPython.testing.tools.make_tempfile(*args, **kwds)

Create an empty, named, temporary file for the duration of the context.

IPython.testing.tools.mute_warn(*args, **kwds)

Parse the output of a test run and return errors, failures.

Parameters :

txt : str

Text output of a test run, assumed to contain a line of one of the following forms:

'FAILED (errors=1)'
'FAILED (failures=1)'
'FAILED (errors=1, failures=1)'
Returns :

nerr, nfail: number of errors and failures. :