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pytest --pdb execute test cases which otherwise are skipped #2137

gst opened this Issue Dec 14, 2016 · 2 comments


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gst commented Dec 14, 2016


using pytest 3.0.5 (and xdist (1.15) + cov plugins (2.3.1)), under linux :

reproduce steps :

18:58 $ cat

import platform

import unittest2 as unittest

@unittest.skipIf(platform.system() != 'Windows', 'This test need to be run on Windows!')
class MyTestCase(unittest.TestCase):

    def test_one(self):

this is ok :
pytest -xv

this is not ok : the test is executed and here obviously fail
pytest --pdb -xv


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nicoddemus commented Dec 14, 2016

Thanks for the report!

This is a side effect of #1890, because now the skip machinery for unittest.TestCase tests is not reached when --pdb is given in the command line (

    def runtest(self):
        if self.config.pluginmanager.get_plugin("pdbinvoke") is None:
            # disables tearDown and cleanups for post mortem debugging (see #1890)

Have to think about a proper fix for this, we probably need to handle other types of failures as well (such as unexpectedSuccess). Perhaps @mbyt can chime in?


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mbyt commented Jan 31, 2017

Thanks for reporting - and yes, that's definitely a regression.

@nicoddemus, sorry for being late. I looked into this and proposed a possible solution in #2225.

This was referenced Mar 6, 2018

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