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From Dan Fabulich <>
Subject Re: TestNG @BeforeMethod not working on subclasses.
Date Mon, 11 Feb 2008 19:39:31 GMT
roadtripryan wrote:

> I am trying to test using TestNG/Spring/ and Maven Surefire 2.4.1.
> My test suite runs great from within eclipse as individual tests or as a
> whole suite. When I try and run the tests in Maven Surefire, however, they
> fail. It appears Surefire is not calling the correct @BeforeMethod method.
> (When running the whole suite, or an individual test.)

As you might expect, all Surefire does is call TestNG directly; we don't 
directly call @BeforeMethod, @Test, etc.

> From testing it, it seems Surefire calls the @BeforeMethod in the base
> class, but not in extending classes if they override it. I am extending
> Springs AbstractTestNGSpringContextTests, and it is calling the base class
> methods, not my extending classes @BeforeMethod and @AfterMethod.
> Interestingly, it seems to call the correct @BeforeClass method.

If you're having a problem with a TestNG test that you believe should be 
working, please file a bug on; please also attach a 
minimal Maven project that reproduces the problem.  Ideally a test like 
this should be nothing more than a pom.xml file and a couple of TestNG 
classes in appropriate directories.  (Please don't include any spring 
classes in this test case unless it's absolutely necessary to do so.)


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