tox and coverage.py

Tox makes it really easy to run multiple tests on your project: against different versions of python or different versions of a related library.

It’s still lacking proper matrix testing: you need to manually define each environment, but apparently, that is going to change:

However, that’s not what I’m writing about today.

Today is about coverage testing, using coverage.py.

It’s possible, using tox, to get coverage.py to run:

[testenv]
commands=
  coverage run setup.py test
  coverage report
deps=
  coverage

However, this will generate a coverage report for just that environment. It would be better if you generated a coverage report for the whole project (although you may want per-environment coverage testing too).

So, we can abuse the fact that the tox envlist will be created and processed in the order they appear:

[tox]
envlist = clean,py27,py34,stats

[testenv]
commands=
  coverage run -a setup.py test
deps=
  coverage

[testenv:clean]
commands=
  coverage erase

[testenv:stats]
commands=
  coverage report
  covarage html

You’ll then get a nice html report in htmlcov/, and a printed coverage report in your console.

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