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TypeError: Need a valid target to patch. You supplied: ‘SomeClass’

Problem:

I needed to mock out a method in a class that I was clearly importing. But when I tried to patch it gave me the following error where “SomeClass” is the name of the class I was trying to mock out.

TypeError: Need a valid target to patch. You supplied: ‘SomeClass’

Solution:
A very clear explanation of what I was doing wrong was on SO

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16060724/patch-why-wont-the-relative-patch-target-name-work

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