Developer’s Guide

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Developer Setup

vcstools uses setuptools, which you will need to download and install in order to run the packaging. We use setuptools instead of distutils in order to be able use setup() keys like install_requires.

cd vcstools python develop


Install test dependencies

pip install nose
pip install mock

vcstools uses Python nose for testing, which is a fairly simple and straightfoward test framework. The vcstools mainly use unittest to construct test fixtures, but with nose you can also just write a function that starts with the name test and use normal assert statements.

vcstools also uses mock to create mocks for testing.

You can run the tests, including coverage, as follows:

cd vcstools
make test


Sphinx is used to provide API documentation for vcstools. The documents are stored in the doc subdirectory.