nose plugin that picks a subset of your unit tests
nose-picker is a plugin that picks a subset of your unit tests (in django too!)
This plugin modifies nose’s unit test discovery to only pick a (1/N) subset of unit tests to run. By passing in the --total-processes arguments, you pick the denominator (the N above) which you want to run. The --which-process argument controls which part of that subset to run, so if you had 5 subsets you could pick 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.
How does it work? Very simple! It hashes the filenames that nose is running through, does a modulo division by N, then sees if this file is “its”. Very simple, but it lets you run multiple of these nose-picker enabled runners in parallel, each running a separate subset of the unit tests!
The nose multiprocess plugin takes over the test runner when it runs, and thus is not amenable to environments where you need a custom test runner. nose-picker lets you keep your test runner!
pip install --user nose-picker
Sample Multiprocess Script
def main(): num_processes = int(multiprocessing.cpu_count() * 2.5) tests =  for i in range(num_processes): test_command = TEST_CMD_TEMPLATE % ( i, num_processes, ) tests.append(TestWatcher(test_command)) returncode = 0 for test_watcher in tests: test_watcher.join() if test_watcher.returncode > 0: returncode += test_watcher.returncode for line in test_watcher.stderr.splitlines(): if not ( line.endswith(' ... ok') or '... SKIP' in line ): sys.stderr.write(line + '\n') return returncode class TestWatcher(threading.Thread): def __init__(self, command): super(TestWatcher, self).__init__() self.command = command self.stdout = '' self.stderr = '' self.start() self.returncode = 0 def run(self): p = subprocess.Popen( self.command, shell=True, stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.PIPE, ) self.stdout, self.stderr = p.communicate() self.returncode = p.returncode
nose-picker is copyright 2014 Eventbrite and Contributors, and is made available under BSD-style license; see LICENSE for details.
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