[Fixed]-Don't load 'initial_data.json' fixture when testing


Quoting from Django Website:

If you create a fixture named
initial_data.[xml/yaml/json], that
fixture will be loaded every time you
run syncdb. This is extremely
convenient, but be careful: remember
that the data will be refreshed every
time you run syncdb. So don’t use
initial_data for data you’ll want to

So I guess there’s no way to say “okay, don’t load initial data just this once”. Perhaps you could write a short bash script that would rename the file. Otherwise you’d have to dig into the Django code.

More info here: http://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/howto/initial-data/#automatically-loading-initial-data-fixtures


You might want to think about whether initial_data.json is something your app actually needs. It’s not hard to “manually” load your production data with ./manage.py loaddata production.json after running a syncdb (how often do you run syncdb in production, anyway?), and it would make loading your testing fixture much easier.


If you want to have tables with no initial data, this code will help you:

edit tests.py:

from django.core import management

class FooTest(TestCase):

    def setUpClass(cls):
        management.call_command('flush', interactive=False, load_initial_data=False)

this will remove your data and syncdb again without loading initial data.

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