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pytest plugin for regression tests

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pytest-regtest is a pytest-plugin for implementing regression tests. Compared to functional testing a regression test does not test if software produces correct results, instead a regression test checks if software behaves the same way as it did before introduced changes.

More about regression testing at Regression testing is a common technique to get started when refactoring legacy code lacking a test suite.

pytest-regtest allows capturing selected output which then can be compared to the captured output from former runs.

To install and activate this plugin execute:

$ pip install pytest-regtest

pytest-regtest plugin provides a fixture named regtest which can be used as a file handle for recording data:

from __future__ import print_function

def test_squares_up_to_ten(regtest):

    result = [i*i for i in range(10)]

    # one way to record output:
    print(result, file=regtest)

    # alternative method to record output:

If you run this test script with pytest the first time there is no recorded output for this test function so far and thus the test will fail with a message including a diff:

$ py.test

regression test output differences for

>    --- current
>    +++ tobe
>    @@ -1,2 +1 @@
>    -[0, 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81]
>    -done

For accepting this output, we run pytest with the –regtest-reset flag:

$ py.test --regtest-reset

Now the next execution of py.test will succeed:

$ py.test

The recorded output was written to files in the subfolder _regtest_outputs next to your test script(s). You might keep this folder under version control.

Other features

You can reset recorded output of files and functions individually as:

$ py.test --regtest-reset tests/
$ py.test --regtest-reset tests/

To supress the diff and only see the stats use:

$ py.test --regtest-nodiff

To see recorded output during test execution run:

$ py.test --regtest-tee -s

To support testing of the same code on different platforms by default pytest-regtest ignores differences in line breaks when comparing the approved to the actual output. To switch this off use the –regtest-regard-line-endings flag:

$ py.test --regtest-regard-line-endings

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