Re: pytest integration for the notmuch test suite

Subject: Re: pytest integration for the notmuch test suite

Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:14:04 +0300

To: David Bremner, Justus Winter, Floris Bruynooghe, David Bremner, W. Trevor King


From: Tomi Ollila

On Sun, Mar 25 2018, David Bremner wrote:

> Here's one approach. A given pytest "file" can be embedded in a normal
> (for us) test script.  As I write this, it occurs to me you might be
> thinking of embedding unit tests in the bindings source files; that
> would be easy to add, something along the lines of
> test_begin_subtest "python bindings embedded unit tests"
> test_expect_success "${NOTMUCH_PYTEST} ${NOTMUCH_SRCDIR}/bindings/python/notmuch"


Looks a bit strange to embed the pytest snippets into shell script and then
execute each of these individiually. The only thing py.test seems to do here is
"visualizing" assert output. We could just use normal python otherwise, and
just not (necessarily) drop things into functions.

If we had pytest, I'd suggest the tests were written and executed
separately (from one test script) and then results collected somehow
to the final aggregator.

(Recently I've been working with py.test-3 (and am not too happy with it,
perhaps it is better when testing python code, we use it for testing c code
with help of ctypes...) so I have some knowledge of how it works...

BTW: in case of pytest. be careful there is no `` in any of the
directories starting / !!!, to mess up with your tests >;/ 

> You could also run one source file of tests with
> test_begin_subtest "python bindings foo tests"
> test_expect_success "${NOTMUCH_PYTEST} ${NOTMUCH_SRCDIR}/bindings/python/notmuch/"

notmuch b├Ątter... ;/

> that would give a less granular result, at the cost of more boilerplate

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