I have installed vim-test, and setup the following pytest executable in my .vimrc:

let g:test#python#pytest#executable = 'python3 -m pytest'

When I call :TestFile, pytest runs in a background shell and display errors. But I would like to display those errors with file names and line numbers in a quick fix window that can be used to jump to the file at that line number.

The vim test readme mentions several quickfix-strategies:


Is there a way to simply display the errors in a quickfix window, without creating a makefile?

  • I added let test#strategy = "dispatch" to .vimrc so that the test output appears in a vim split (using tpope/vim-dispatch). But it still doesn't provide the link to jump to line numbers within files. Jul 4, 2023 at 9:18
  • Have you tried 'make' strategy?
    – romainl
    Jul 4, 2023 at 9:31
  • Thanks let test#strategy = "make" does create a link to the particular line in the file, but the split disappears when pressing enter on that file & line number. I am used to a quick fix window, for example when calling ":Git grep", files and line numbers are display and remain after clicking on them. Jul 4, 2023 at 9:56
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    You might try :copen after one of those strategies. There are also a few commands (cbuffer?) that can create a quickfix list from arbitrary buffers/files/expressions
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 4, 2023 at 16:11

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In .vimrc, define strategies to send the test output

let test#strategy = "make"
" or
" let test#strategy = "dispatch"

After running vim test's :TestFile or :TestSuite on a pytest script, use :copen to display the test result in a quickfix window. Lines of the errors that contain a file name and a line number will create a link that directly sends you to the file and line where the error occurred.

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