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.. currentmodule:: mock
.. testsetup::
class ProductionClass(object):
def something(self):
return self.method()
class Test(unittest2.TestCase):
def testSomething(self):
self = Test('testSomething')
.. data:: sentinel
The ``sentinel`` object provides a convenient way of providing unique
objects for your tests.
Attributes are created on demand when you access them by name. Accessing
the same attribute will always return the same object. The objects
returned have a sensible repr so that test failure messages are readable.
.. data:: DEFAULT
The `DEFAULT` object is a pre-created sentinel (actually
`sentinel.DEFAULT`). It can be used by :attr:`~Mock.side_effect`
functions to indicate that the normal return value should be used.
Sentinel Example
Sometimes when testing you need to test that a specific object is passed as an
argument to another method, or returned. It can be common to create named
sentinel objects to test this. `sentinel` provides a convenient way of
creating and testing the identity of objects like this.
In this example we monkey patch `method` to return
.. doctest::
>>> real = ProductionClass()
>>> real.method = Mock(name="method")
>>> real.method.return_value = sentinel.some_object
>>> result = real.method()
>>> assert result is sentinel.some_object
>>> sentinel.some_object