Opened 12 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

#14350 closed

Please add a login method to the test Client that doesn't depend on passwords — at Initial Version

Reported by: James Westby <jw+debian@…> Owned by: nobody
Component: Testing framework Version: 1.2
Severity: Keywords:
Cc: hv@… Triage Stage: Unreviewed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no



Requiring passwords in tests that don't test the login is unnecessary and
binds them too tightly to implementation that they don't care about.

I suggest something like the following:

def login_user(self, user):

if not 'django.contrib.sessions' in settings.INSTALLED_APPS:

raise AssertionError("Unable to login without django.contrib.sessions in INSTALLED_APPS")

user.backend = "%s.%s" % ("django.contrib.auth.backends",


engine = import_module(settings.SESSION_ENGINE)

# Create a fake request to store login details.
request = HttpRequest()
if self.session:

request.session = self.session


request.session = engine.SessionStore()

login(request, user)

# Set the cookie to represent the session.
session_cookie = settings.SESSION_COOKIE_NAME
self.cookies[session_cookie] = request.session.session_key
cookie_data = {

'max-age': None,
'path': '/',
'domain': settings.SESSION_COOKIE_DOMAIN,
'secure': settings.SESSION_COOKIE_SECURE or None,
'expires': None,


# Save the session values.

refactoring with the common code in other methods.

That would allow you to just login with a User object.



Change History (1)

Changed 12 years ago by James Westby <jw+debian@…>

Attachment: login_user.txt added

Suggested approach

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