Your objects, and all their friends

This is complicated.

In my ever-evolving quest to get data out of the AMO database for tests, I found myself not just extracting a single object, but a list of complicated requirements in order to fully replicate behavior in production in a testing environment.

For AMO we can use fixture magic to dump a single add-on and all of it’s database dependencies so that it will insert safely into a test-database. But we need more than just valid data. We need some supporting data. For an add-on to be browsable and searchable it needs to have a valid version and the version needs to have a valid file.

In our app we can check for these things by using this:


Of course we need to check that my_addon.current_version exists and that files.all() has at least one object. This ends up being a lot of work if you just know the id of the add-on object.

So what I want is something simple, like:

./ custom_dump addon 3615

And it should get me everything I need to test add-on 3615, including a Version object and any files associated with the version.

Turns out this just works. It works if you define the following settings:

## Fixture Magic
    'addon': {  # ./ custom_dump addon id
        'primary': 'addons.addon',  # This is our reference model.
        'dependents': [  # These are items we wish to dump.
            # Magic turns this into current_version.files.all()[0].
        'order': ('app1.model1', 'app2.model2',),  # stuff gets sorted
        'excludes': {
            'app1.model1': ('fields', 'to', 'hide',),

Using this we’re able to find out that addon means an addons.addon object and that you want the addon object with an id of 3615. From there we’ll try looking for dependent objects. Using some black magic we can turn: current_version.files.all.0 into addon.objects.get(pk=3615).current_version.files.all()[0]. This gives us a file.

If we mimic our dump_object command we can get the file into the database and everything that the file needs to be valid. This in turn gives us enough data (usually) to begin testing a single addon.

So have fun with this, if you’re database is remotely complicated, this can save you some time replicating it during testing.

Also note, that you can re-order models and exclude certain fields. This can make your fixtures very easy to load.