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.TH NOSETESTS "1" "January 2007" "nosetests version 0.9.2" "User Commands"
nosetests \- unit testing for Python software
\fBnosetests\fP [\fIoptions\fP] [\fInames\fP]
nose provides an alternate test discovery and running process for
unittest, one that is intended to mimic the behavior of py.test as much as
is reasonably possible without resorting to magic.
nose collects tests automatically from python source files,
directories and packages found in its working directory (which
defaults to the current working directory). Any python source file,
directory or package that matches the testMatch regular expression
(by default: (?:^|[\eb_\e.\-])[Tt]est) will be collected as a test (or
source for collection of tests). In addition, all other packages
found in the working directory are examined for python source files
or directories that match testMatch. Package discovery descends all
the way down the tree, so package.tests and package.sub.tests and
package.sub.sub2.tests will all be collected.
Within a test directory or package, any python source file matching
testMatch will be examined for test cases. Within a test file,
functions and classes whose names match testMatch and TestCase
subclasses with any name will be loaded and executed as tests. Tests
may use the assert keyword or raise AssertionErrors to indicate test
failure. TestCase subclasses may do the same or use the various
TestCase methods available.
Tests may raise nose.SkipTest to indicate that they should be
skipped or nose.DeprecatedTest to indicate that they are
deprecated. Skipped and deprecated tests do not count as failures,
but details on them are printed at the end of the test run along
with any failures and errors.
.B Selecting Tests
To specify which tests to run, pass test names on the command line:
Test names specified may be file or module names, and may optionally
indicate the test case to run by separating the module or file name
from the test case name with a colon. Filenames may be relative or
Note however that specifying a test name will *not* cause nose to run
a test that it does not discover. Test names specified are compared
against tests discovered, and only the requested tests are
run. Setup and teardown methods are run at all stages. That means
that if you run:
And have defined setup or teardown methods in tests and test_module,
those setup methods will run before the test_function test, and
teardown after, just as if you were running all tests.
You may also change the working directory where nose looks for tests,
use the \fB\-w\fR switch:
nosetests \fB\-w\fR /path/to/tests
Further customization of test selection and loading is possible
through the use of plugins.
Test result output is identical to that of unittest, except for the
additional features (output capture, assert introspection, and any plugins
that control or produce output) detailed in the options below.
show this help message and exit
Output nose version and exit
Be more verbose. [NOSE_VERBOSE]
Set verbosity; \fB\-\-verbosity\fR=\fI2\fR is the same as \fB\-vv\fR
\fB\-l\fR DEBUG, \fB\-\-debug\fR=\fIDEBUG\fR
Activate debug logging for one or more systems.
Available debug loggers: nose, nose.importer,
nose.inspector, nose.plugins, nose.result and
nose.selector. Separate multiple names with a comma.
Log debug messages to this file (default: sys.stderr)
\fB\-w\fR WHERE, \fB\-\-where\fR=\fIWHERE\fR
Look for tests in this directory [NOSE_WHERE]
\fB\-e\fR EXCLUDE, \fB\-\-exclude\fR=\fIEXCLUDE\fR
Don't run tests that match regular expression
\fB\-i\fR INCLUDE, \fB\-\-include\fR=\fIINCLUDE\fR
Also run tests that match regular expression
\fB\-m\fR TEST_MATCH, \fB\-\-match\fR=\fITEST_MATCH\fR, \fB\-\-testmatch\fR=\fITEST_MATCH\fR
Use this regular expression to find tests
Don't capture stdout (any stdout output will be
printed immediately) [NOSE_NOCAPTURE]
Add detail to error output by attempting to evaluate
failed asserts [NOSE_DETAILED_ERRORS]
Drop into debugger on errors
Drop into debugger on failures
Stop running tests after the first error or failure
Don't make any changes to sys.path when loading tests
Look for tests in python modules that are executable.
Normal behavior is to exclude executable modules,
since they may not be import\-safe [NOSE_INCLUDE_EXE]
DO NOT look for tests in python modules that are
executable. (The default on the windows platform is to
Enable plugin Profile: Use this plugin to run tests
using the hotshot profiler. [NOSE_WITH_PROFILE]
Set sort order for profiler output
Profiler stats file; default is a new temp file on
Restrict profiler output. See help for pstats.Stats
Enable plugin MissedTests: Enable to get a warning
when tests specified on the command line are not found
during the test run. [NOSE_WITH_MISSED\-TESTS]
Enable plugin IsolationPlugin: Activate the isolation
plugin to isolate changes to external modules to a
single test module or package. The isolation plugin
resets the contents of sys.modules after each test
module or package runs to its state before the test.
PLEASE NOTE that this plugin may not be used with the
coverage plugin. [NOSE_WITH_ISOLATION]
Enable plugin Doctest: Activate doctest plugin to
find and run doctests in non\-test modules.
Also look for doctests in test modules
Also look for doctests in files with this extension
Enable plugin Coverage: If you have Ned Batchelder's
coverage module installed, you may activate a coverage
report. The coverage report will cover any python
source module imported after the start of the test
run, excluding modules that match testMatch. If you
want to include those modules too, use the \fB\-\-covertests\fR switch, or set the NOSE_COVER_TESTS environment
variable to a true value. To restrict the coverage
report to modules from a particular package or
packages, use the \fB\-\-cover\-packages\fR switch or the
NOSE_COVER_PACKAGES environment variable.
Restrict coverage output to selected packages
Erase previously collected coverage statistics before
Include test modules in coverage report
Include all python files under working directory in
coverage report. Useful for discovering holes in test
coverage if not all files are imported by the test
\fB\-a\fR ATTR, \fB\-\-attr\fR=\fIATTR\fR
Run only tests that have attributes specified by ATTR
\fB\-A\fR EXPR, \fB\-\-eval\-attr\fR=\fIEXPR\fR
Run only tests for whose attributes the Python
expression EXPR evaluates to True [NOSE_EVAL_ATTR]
is written by Jason Pellerin. This manpage was adapted from the output
program by Jason Pellerin, following the version made by Gustavo Noronha Silva for the Debian GNU/Linux system, but
may be used by others.
Copyright (C) 2005-2007 Jason Pellerin
This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the
terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License
<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the
extent permitted by law.
.SH SEE ALSO
The project website is at