halfak halfak - 2 months ago 17x
Python Question

Python Nose Import Error

I can't seem to get the nose testing framework to recognize modules beneath my test script in the file structure. I've set up the simplest example that demonstrates the problem. I'll explain it below.

Here's the the package file structure:


foo.py contains:

def dumb_true():
return True

tests/test_foo.py contains:

import foo

def test_foo():
assert foo.dumb_true()

Both init.py files are empty

If I run
nosetests -vv
in the main directory (where foo.py is), I get:

Failure: ImportError (No module named foo) ... ERROR

ERROR: Failure: ImportError (No module named foo)
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/python/site-packages/nose-0.11.1-py2.6.egg/nose/loader.py", line 379, in loadTestsFromName
addr.filename, addr.module)
File "/usr/lib/python/site-packages/nose-0.11.1-py2.6.egg/nose/importer.py", line 39, in importFromPath
return self.importFromDir(dir_path, fqname)
File "/usr/lib/python/site-packages/nose-0.11.1-py2.6.egg/nose/importer.py", line 86, in importFromDir
mod = load_module(part_fqname, fh, filename, desc)
File "/home/user/nose_testing/tests/test_foo.py", line 1, in <module>
import foo
ImportError: No module named foo

Ran 1 test in 0.002s

FAILED (errors=1)

I get the same error when I run from inside the tests/ directory. According to the documentation and an example I found, nose is supposed to add all parent packages to the path as well as the directory from which it is called, but this doesn't seem to be happening in my case.

I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 with Python 2.6.2. I've built and installed nose manually (not with setup_tools) if that matters.


You've got an __init__.py in your top level directory. That makes it a package. If you remove it, your nosetests should work.

If you don't remove it, you'll have to change your import to import dir.foo, where dir is the name of your directory.