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Mention the TESTING flag in the docs

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  1. +22 −2 docs/testing.rst
  2. +1 −0 examples/flaskr/
@@ -41,6 +41,7 @@ In order to test the application, we add a second module
def setUp(self):
self.db_fd,['DATABASE'] = tempfile.mkstemp()
+['TESTING'] = True =
@@ -55,7 +56,10 @@ The code in the :meth:`~unittest.TestCase.setUp` method creates a new test
client and initializes a new database. This function is called before
each individual test function is run. To delete the database after the
test, we close the file and remove it from the filesystem in the
-:meth:`~unittest.TestCase.tearDown` method.
+:meth:`~unittest.TestCase.tearDown` method. Additionally during setup the
+``TESTING`` config flag is activated. What it does is disabling the error
+catching during request handling so that you get better error reports when
+performing test requests against the application.
This test client will give us a simple interface to the application. We can
trigger test requests to the application, and the client will also keep track
@@ -215,6 +219,23 @@ If you want to test your application with different configurations and
there does not seem to be a good way to do that, consider switching to
application factories (see :ref:`app-factories`).
+Note however that if you are using a test request context, the
+:meth:`~flask.Flask.before_request` functions are not automatically called
+same fore :meth:`~flask.Flask.after_request` functions. However
+:meth:`~flask.Flask.teardown_request` functions are indeed executed when
+the test request context leaves the `with` block. If you do want the
+:meth:`~flask.Flask.before_request` functions to be called as well, you
+need to call :meth:`~flask.Flask.preprocess_request` yourself::
+ app = flask.Flask(__name__)
+ with app.test_request_context('/?name=Peter'):
+ app.preprocess_request()
+ ...
+This can be necessary to open database connections or something similar
+depending on how your application was designed.
Keeping the Context Around
@@ -238,4 +259,3 @@ is no longer available (because you are trying to use it outside of the actual r
However, keep in mind that any :meth:`~flask.Flask.after_request` functions
are already called at this point so your database connection and
everything involved is probably already closed down.
@@ -19,6 +19,7 @@ class FlaskrTestCase(unittest.TestCase):
def setUp(self):
"""Before each test, set up a blank database"""
self.db_fd,['DATABASE'] = tempfile.mkstemp()
+['TESTING'] = True =

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