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A collection of test helpers, additional assertions, and the like.

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This package collects various helpers for writing tests.

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An assertion which is very helpful when using Testbrowser with
unittest.TestCase (instead of doctests).

Some examples::

class MyTest(unittest.TestCase, gocept.testing.assertion.Ellipsis):
# [...]

self.assertEllipsis('', 'foo bar qux')
# -> nothing happens

self.assertEllipsis('foo', 'bar')
# -> AssertionError: Differences (ndiff with -expected +actual):
- foo
+ bar

self.assertNotEllipsis('foo', 'foo')
# -> AssertionError: "Value unexpectedly matches expression 'foo'."

To use, inherit from ``gocept.testing.assertion.Ellipsis`` in addition to

assertStartsWith, assertEndsWith


class MyTest(unittest.TestCase, gocept.testing.assertion.String):

def test_something(self):
self.assertStartsWith('foo', 'foobar') # --> pass
self.assertEndsWith('bar', 'foobar') # --> pass
self.assertStartsWith('qux', 'foobar') # --> fail
self.assertEndsWith('qux', 'foobar') # --> fail


The opposite of assertRaises(), this is an assertion that makes some tests more
readable. As assertRaises(), it can be used as as context manager, too::

class MyTest(unittest.TestCase, gocept.testing.assertion.Exceptions):
# [...]

self.assertNothingRaised(do_something, 1, 2, 3)

with self.assertNothingRaised():
do_something(1, 2, 3)

mock patch context

``gocept.testing.mock.Patches`` collects `mock`_ patches that are valid for the
whole TestCase, and resets them all in one go in tearDown (this is pending
incluion upstream as ``mock.patcher()``, see `issue 30`_)::

class MyTest(unittest.TestCase):

def setUp(self):
self.patches = gocept.testing.mock.Patches()

def tearDown(self):

def test_something(self):
compile = self.patches.add('re.compile')

It offers three methods:

:add: wraps ``mock.patch()``
:add_object: wraps ``mock.patch.object``
:add_dict: wraps ``mock.patch.dict``

Note that ``gocept.testing`` does not declare a dependency on ``mock`` to be as
lightweight as possible, so clients need to do that themselves.

If you want to save typing, you can mix ``gocept.testing.mock.PatchHelper``
into your TestCase, it defines a setUp method that instatiates ``Patches`` and
a tearDown that calls ``reset()`` on it.

.. _`mock`:
.. _`issue 30`:


This is syntactic sugar around ``mock.assert_called_with``, so you can write::

class MyTest(unittest.TestCase, gocept.testing.mock.Assertions):

def test_something(self):
dummy = mock.Mock()
self.assertCalledWith(dummy, True)

instead of::


Mocking properties

``gocept.testing.mock.Property`` is syntactic sugar directly lifted from the
`mock documentation`_ that allows you to patch properties like this::

class Dummy(object):

def foo(self):
return False

with mock.patch('', gocept.testing.mock.Property()) as foo:
foo.return_value = 'something else'

.. _`mock documentation`:

Attribute patch context

This has nothing to do with mocks, it's a convenience helper for setting and
automatically resetting attributes of objects::

class MyTest(unittest.TestCase):

def setUp(self):
self.patches = gocept.testing.patch.Patches()
self.subject = MyClass()

def tearDown(self):

def test_something(self):
self.patches.set(self.subject, 'foo', 'two')

Method call patch context

This allows to call a method and reset it later on automatically. At the
moment, only methods that take a single parameter are supported, by passing in
both the old value (to which it should be reset) and the new value::

class MyTest(unittest.TestCase):

def setUp(self):
self.patches = gocept.testing.patch.Patches()

def tearDown(self):

def test_something(self):
zope.component.hooks, 'setSite',
zope.component.hooks.getSite(), new_site)

Dict patching context manager

``gocept.testing.patch.Dict`` is a context manager allowing to change values
in a dict. It restores the original dict at exit. E. g. it can be used to
temporarily change values in ``os.environ``::

>>> with gocept.testing.patch.Dict(os.environ, foo='bar', qwe='asdf'):
print os.environ.get('foo')
>>> print os.environ.get('foo')

Temporary directory

``gocept.testing.fixture.TempDir`` encapsulates the common pattern to create a
temporary directory and delete it after the test has run. The name of the
directory is avaliable as ``self.tmpdir``. Note that since
``unittest.TestCase`` does not call `super`, you need to mix in ``TempDir``

class MyTest(gocept.testing.fixture.TempDir, unittest.TestCase):

def test_something(self):

Comparing mtimes

``gocept.testing.mtime.Newer`` checks that generated files are at least as new
as their source counterparts (similar like ``make`` works)::

class MyTest(gocept.testing.mtime.Newer, unittest.TestCase):

source_ext = '.js'
target_ext = '.min.js'
message = 'run jsmin to correct this'

def test_minified_js_files_are_younger_than_non_minified_ones(self):
'my.package', 'resources/js'))


The mercurial repository of the source code as well as the issue tracker are
available at <>.


2.0.post1 (2018-11-22)

- Fix PyPI page rendering.

2.0 (2018-11-22)

- Drop Python 2.6 an 3.3 support.

- Add support for Python 3.6, 3.7, PyPy and PyPy3.

- Choose explicit ``[mock]`` extra to use ``gocept.testing.mock`` on Python <

1.11 (2016-01-18)

- Fix homepage URL.

- Declare Python 3.4 and Python 3.5 support.

- Drop Python 3.2 support.

1.10.1 (2014-04-28)

- Make ``assertNotEllipsis()`` compatible with `py.test`.

- Declare Python 3.3 support.

1.10 (2014-02-13)

- Remove ``retry`` decorator, it is rather useless since it does not take
setUp/tearDown into account.

1.9 (2013-12-20)

- Add ``retry`` decorator that runs flaky tests several times and only fails
when they fail each time.

- Use py.test instead of zope.testrunner for this package's own tests.

1.8 (2013-07-17)

- Python 3 compatibility.
- Depend on setuptools rather than distribute now that the projects have
- Use current buildout and recipes for development.

1.7 (2013-04-18)

- Fix Python-2.6 compatibility of our own test suite.
- Introduce ``PatchHelper``.

1.6.0 (2013-01-07)

- Add newer mtime check.

1.5.2 (2012-09-14)

- ``.patch.Dict`` did not restore the keys if an exception occured while the
`with` call.

1.5.1 (2012-09-12)

- Fixed documentation and faulty 1.5 release.

1.5 (2012-07-10)

- Add ``.patch.Dict``, a dict patching context manager.

1.4 (2012-06-04)

- Add ``TempDir`` fixture.
- Add ``assertStartsWith``, ``assertEndsWith``.

1.3.2 (2012-05-09)

- Allow ``assertEllipsis`` to work with mixed unicode/bytes argument
(assuming the bytes are UTF-8, as they are with zope.testbrowser).

1.3.1 (2012-02-03)

- Display original traceback in ``assertNothingRaised``.

1.3 (2011-12-16)

- Add patch helper for attributes and simple callables.

1.2.1 (2011-12-09)

- Make Python-3 compatible (at least syntactically).

1.2 (2011-12-09)

- Add Patches context for mock (upstream implementation pending,
see <>)
- Add ``assertCalledWith``.
- Add ``mock.Property``.

1.1 (2011-11-10)

- Add ``assertNothingRaised``.

1.0 (2011-11-02)

- first release: ``assertEllipsis``

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