Nosetests: Capturing log messages written to stderr

This is a tip for using the Python logging module in conjunction with unit-tests. When using the root logger to write debug messages, e.g. ¬†import logging .. logging.debug(‘x = %s’ % x) to capture the messages and write them to the console when running nosetests, pass ‘root’ to the –log-debug nosetests option. E.g. nosetests test_module1.py …

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Ubuntu/Debian: see files installed by package

Checking the files installed by a package is easy enough with the Synaptic package manager (Right-click package > properties > installed files tab). Here’s how to get that information without leaving the comfort (cough) of your bash terminal: $ dpkg-query -L package_name For example: $dpkg-query -L flashplugin-installer /. /usr /usr/lib /usr/lib/xulrunner /usr/lib/xulrunner/plugins /usr/lib/mozilla /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins /usr/lib/iceape …

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Vim: pasting text without it cascading

If you’re like me and use highlight + middle click pasting in Linux a lot, you may have tried to paste text in a Vim window at some point… with surprising results. For example, highlight the following text: import re for test_string in [‘555-1212’, ‘ILL-EGAL’]: if re.match(r’^\d{3}-\d{4}$’, test_string): print test_string, ‘is a valid US local …

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