YAML Loader (yaml_loader)¶
This plugin is related to Yaml_to_mux plugin and it understands the same content, only it works on loader-level, rather than on test variants level. The result is that this plugin tries to open the test reference as if it was a file specifying variants and if it succeeds it iterates through variants and looks for test_reference entries. On success it attempts to discover the reference using either loader defined by test_reference_resolver_class or it fall-backs to FileLoader when not specified. Then it assigns the current variant’s params to all of the discovered tests. This way one can freely assign various variants to different tests.
Keep in mind YAML files (in Avocado) are ordered, therefor variant name won’t re-arrange the test order. The only exception is when you use the same variant name twice, then the second one will get merged into the first one.
Also note that in case of no test_reference or just when no tests are discovered in the current variant, there is no error, no warning and the loader reports the discovered tests (if any) without the variant which did not produced any tests.
The simplest way to learn about this plugin is to look at examples in