How can I make Python s UnitTest Framework fail if an exception is raised by any thread

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Hi. I've been using the unit test framework to automate integration tests of the following:-

  • multi-threaded python code
  • external hardware 
  • embedded C
I need the tests to fail if even one exception is raised by ay of the threads. Is this possible? 

A simple but non-workable solution would be to either 

  • refactor the code to avoid multi-threading 
  • test each thread separately

I can't perform either of these because the code interacts asynchronously with the hardware. I've also given a thought to passing messages to forward the exception the main unittest thread but that would require significant testing related changes to the code, and I want to avoid that at this moment.

For example, can I modify the test script below to fail on the exception raised in my_thread without modifying the x.ExceptionRaiser class?

import unittest
import x

class Test(unittest.TestCase):
    def test_x(self):
        my_thread = x.ExceptionRaiser()
        # Test case should fail when thread is started and raises
        # an exception.

if __name__ == '__main__':
Dec 5, 2018 in Python by charlie_brown
• 7,720 points

2 answers to this question.

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I've come across this problem myself, and the only solution I've been able to come up with is subclassing Thread to include an attribute for whether or not it terminates without an uncaught exception:

from threading import Thread

class ErrThread(Thread):
    A subclass of Thread that will log store exceptions if the thread does                                                                                                                            
    not exit normally                                                                                                                                                                                 
    def run(self):
        except Exception as self.err:
            self.err = None

class TaskQueue(object):
    A utility class to run ErrThread objects in parallel and raises and exception                                                                                                                     
    in the event that *any* of them fail.                                                                                                                                                             

    def __init__(self, *tasks):

        self.threads = []

        for t in tasks:
                self.threads.append(ErrThread(**t)) ## passing in a dict of target and args
            except TypeError:

    def run(self):

        for t in self.threads:
for t in self.threads:
            if t.err:
                raise Exception('Thread %s failed with error: %s' % (, t.err))
answered Dec 5, 2018 by aryya
• 7,450 points
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Try reading the above document. I assume what you are looking for is post-failure testing?
answered Mar 9, 2019 by anonymous

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