still not happy with unittest.failUnlessRaises

Discussion in 'Python' started by paul koelle, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. paul koelle

    paul koelle Guest

    hi folks,

    while I got my own errors kind of sorted out now (I think), unittest
    still not behaves like it should.

    print 'this is expected to fail. The "Type" column is unique in the DB'
    self.failUnlessRaises(IntegrityError, self.failhelper(certs.Subcacert,

    File "/usr/lib/python2.2/site-packages/SQLObject/", line
    767, in _queryInsertID c.execute(q)
    File "/usr/lib/python2.2/site-packages/sqlite/", line 243, in
    execute = self.con.db.execute(SQL)
    IntegrityError: column type is not unique

    Ran 1 test in 56.245s

    FAILED (errors=1)

    the docu (2.2) says:
    failUnlessRaises( exception, callable, ...)
    ....The test passes if exception is raised, is an error if another
    exception is raised, or fails if no exception is raised.

    issubclass(sqlite.IntegrityError, Exception)

    IMO the test should pass. Any ideas what could be wrong here?

    paul koelle, Oct 9, 2004
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  2. paul koelle

    Tim Peters Guest

    [paul koelle]
    By "this is expected to fail", do you mean that the test is supposed
    to fail, or that the test is supposed to pass by verifying that the
    thing it's testing fails? "This" is ambiguous. I'll assume the

    What you're actually testing here is that IntegrityError gets raised by



    temp = self.failhelper(certs.Subcacert, self.ca_client_tmpl)

    is evaluated outside the control of failUnlessRaises.
    failUnlessRaises *calls* its second argument. If

    self.failhelper(certs.Subcacert, self.ca_client_tmpl)

    on its own raises IntegrityError, and that's what you intended to
    test, then you need to spell the test

    self.failUnlessRaises(IntegrityError, self.failhelper,
    certs.Subcacert, self.ca_client_tmpl)

    You didn't show enough code so that a reader could guess the answers
    to these questions.
    Yes. Note that the second argument is a callable object, and the
    '...' consists of arguments to pass to the callable. So, e.g., the

    self.failUnlessRaises(ValueError, math.sqrt(-1))

    fails, but the test

    self.failUnlessRaises(ValueError, math.sqrt, -1)

    Tim Peters, Oct 9, 2004
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  3. paul koelle

    paul koelle Guest


    [ snipp ]
    My apologies. In fact, it turned out to be simple as:

    thanks again
    paul koelle, Oct 10, 2004
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