1. Ronny Pfannschmidt
  2. pytest-xdist


pytest-xdist / README.txt

xdist: pytest distributed testing plugin

The `pytest-xdist`_ plugin extends py.test with some unique
test execution modes:

* Looponfail: run your tests repeatedly in a subprocess.  After each run py.test
  waits until a file in your project changes and then re-runs the previously
  failing tests.  This is repeated until all tests pass after which again
  a full run is performed.

* multiprocess Load-balancing: if you have multiple CPUs or hosts you can use
  those for a combined test run.  This allows to speed up
  development or to use special resources of remote machines.

* Multi-Platform coverage: you can specify different Python interpreters
  or different platforms and run tests in parallel on all of them.

Before running tests remotely, ``py.test`` efficiently "rsyncs" your
program source code to the remote place.  All test results
are reported back and displayed to your local terminal.
You may specify different Python versions and interpreters.


Install the plugin with::

    easy_install pytest-xdist

    # or
    pip install pytest-xdist

or use the package in develope/in-place mode with
a checkout of the `pytest-xdist repository`_ ::

    python setup.py develop

Usage examples

Speed up test runs by sending tests to multiple CPUs

To send tests to multiple CPUs, type::

    py.test -n NUM

Especially for longer running tests or tests requiring
a lot of IO this can lead to considerable speed ups.

Running tests in a Python subprocess

To instantiate a python2.4 sub process and send tests to it, you may type::

    py.test -d --tx popen//python=python2.4

This will start a subprocess which is run with the "python2.4"
Python interpreter, found in your system binary lookup path.

If you prefix the --tx option value like this::

    --tx 3*popen//python=python2.4

then three subprocesses would be created and tests
will be load-balanced across these three processes.

Sending tests to remote SSH accounts

Suppose you have a package ``mypkg`` which contains some
tests that you can successfully run locally. And you
have a ssh-reachable machine ``myhost``.  Then
you can ad-hoc distribute your tests by typing::

    py.test -d --tx ssh=myhostpopen --rsyncdir mypkg mypkg

This will synchronize your ``mypkg`` package directory
to an remote ssh account and then locally collect tests
and send them to remote places for execution.

You can specify multiple ``--rsyncdir`` directories
to be sent to the remote side.

**NOTE:** For py.test to collect and send tests correctly
you not only need to make sure all code and tests
directories are rsynced, but that any test (sub) directory
also has an ``__init__.py`` file because internally
py.test references tests as a fully qualified python
module path.  **You will otherwise get strange errors**
during setup of the remote side.

Sending tests to remote Socket Servers

Download the single-module `socketserver.py`_ Python program
and run it like this::

    python socketserver.py

It will tell you that it starts listening on the default
port.  You can now on your home machine specify this
new socket host with something like this::

    py.test -d --tx socket= --rsyncdir mypkg mypkg

.. _`atonce`:

Running tests on many platforms at once

The basic command to run tests on multiple platforms is::

    py.test --dist=each --tx=spec1 --tx=spec2

If you specify a windows host, an OSX host and a Linux
environment this command will send each tests to all
platforms - and report back failures from all platforms
at once.   The specifications strings use the `xspec syntax`_.

.. _`xspec syntax`: http://codespeak.net/execnet/trunk/basics.html#xspec

.. _`socketserver.py`: http://bitbucket.org/hpk42/execnet/raw/2af991418160/execnet/script/socketserver.py

.. _`execnet`: http://codespeak.net/execnet

Specifying test exec environments in an ini file

pytest (since version 2.0) supports ini-style cofiguration.
You can for example make running with three subprocesses
your default like this::

    addopts = -n3

You can also add default environments like this::

    addopts = --tx ssh=myhost//python=python2.5 --tx ssh=myhost//python=python2.6

and then just type::

    py.test --dist=each

to run tests in each of the environments.

Specifying "rsync" dirs in an ini-file

In a ``tox.ini`` or ``setup.cfg`` file in your root project directory
you may specify directories to include or to exclude in synchronisation::

    rsyncdirs = . mypkg helperpkg
    rsyncignore = .hg

These directory specifications are relative to the directory
where the configuration file was found.

.. _`pytest-xdist`: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pytest-xdist
.. _`pytest-xdist repository`: http://bitbucket.org/hpk42/pytest-xdist
.. _`pytest`: http://pytest.org

Issue and Bug Tracker

Please use the pytest issue tracker for bugs in this plugin, see https://bitbucket.org/hpk42/pytest/issues .