Development Guide

Creating a Development and Testing Environment

From a fresh version-control-tools checkout, run the following to create a development and testing environment:

$ ./create-environment vcssync

Then activate the environment in your shell via:

$ source activate venv/vcssync/bin/activate

Running Tests

To run the vcssync tests, run:

$ ./run-tests -j4

Using Betamax for HTTP Request Replaying

We use the Betamax Python package to facilitate testing HTTP requests against various services, such as the GitHub API.

When the BETAMAX_LIBRARY_DIR and BETAMAX_CASSETTE environment variables are defined, Betamax is configured to use the cassette (recording of HTTP interactions) specified. Betamax’s record mode is set to none, which means that only HTTP interactions saved in the cassette are allowed.

The vcssync/tests/ script is used to record cassettes (read: perform actual interactions with real servers and save the results). Run this script from an activated virtualenv to create/update/re-record cassettes. Minor changes in the cassettes (such as dates and request IDs) are expected to change. Other things may change over time and changes should be scrutinized during review. requires a GitHub API token. Go to to generate one. It should only need minimal privileges. While the cassettes shouldn’t save your token, it is a good practice to delete the token once you’re done recording cassettes.