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I just got sick of trying to decode obtuse doctest diff errors when using NORMALIZE_WHITESPACE and ELLIPSIS options. Although doctest gives you hooks to do something about this, it's really hard to actually write the logic.


See, NORMALIZE_WHITESPACE also normalizes line breaks, and '...' can match across multiple lines. That means that you can't take a line-based approach, which makes it really hard to clean up a diff. Anyway, here's my attempt: https://code.launchpad.net/~jml/testtools/better-doctest-output-checker/+merge/74842


It's a pain, because both of them would be very useful without their line-spanning behaviour. I guess without the line-spanning behaviour of '...' there'd be no way to indicate multiple lines of crap in output.


My suggestion in the mean time? Don't use doctest.