pylint installs a
pytest script, and
pytest installs a
py.test script. Confusing.
The pylint code quality checker installs the logilab-common package.
logilab-common provides a module called
pytest. That’s awfully close to the
py.test script that the
pytest project provides. I can never remember which one to use, when I have both
pytest installed. Fortunately, the logilab-common package has marked its
pytest module as “to be deprecated”, so the confusion might be fixed someday.
I knew the
pytest project was supplying the
py.test script, but I did not know where the unwanted
pytest script was coming from.
strace to the rescue!
$ strace -o trace.txt -e open pytest --help $ grep pytest trace.txt open("/home/me/.virtualenvs/dev/bin/pytest", O_RDONLY) = 3 open("/home/me/.virtualenvs/dev/bin/pytest", O_RDONLY) = 3 open("/home/me/.virtualenvs/dev/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/logilab/common/pytest.x86_64-linux-gnu.so", O_RDONLY) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory) open("/home/me/.virtualenvs/dev/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/logilab/common/pytest.so", O_RDONLY) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory) open("/home/me/.virtualenvs/dev/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/logilab/common/pytestmodule.so", O_RDONLY) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory) open("/home/me/.virtualenvs/dev/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/logilab/common/pytest.py", O_RDONLY) = 3 open("/home/me/.virtualenvs/dev/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/logilab/common/pytest.pyc", O_RDONLY) = 4
Here we see that the
pytest.py file is in the
logilab/common directory, so we know what package installed it.
For a fun intro to
strace, see Julia Evans’ strace zine.