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Trial is Twisted's unit testing framework, an extension of Python's unittest.
One of Trial's unique features is the ability to return a Deferred from a test-case method - the test case will not complete until the Deferred has fired. If it fires successfully, the test passes. If it fires with an error, the test fails. This makes it possible to easily unit-test asynchronous event-driven code. Trial also include automatic (customizable) test discovery, customizable reporting, and enhanced test cleanup features.
Trial is a core component of Twisted. As such, there is no need to download it separately. If you have downloaded the Twisted tarball, you'll find the Trial source code in the TwistedCore-2.5.0/twisted/trial directory (your Twisted version number may be different). If you have Twisted checked out from svn, you'll find the source in trunk/twisted/trial.
You can find Trial API documentation here. If you run trial --help from the command line, you'll see a list of possible invocation arguments (the trial command can be found in TwistedCore-2.5.0/bin in the tarball and trunk/bin/trial in svn). Beyond, seeing as much of Twisted itself is of course tested with Trial, you can examine the test directories of the various Twisted projects to see examples of Trial use. And as ever, having a look through the source code is also instructive.
See TrialDevNotes for thoughts on future developments.
The maintainer of Trial is JonathanLange. The best way to get your bug fixed is to file it in the tracker (see the View Tickets and New Ticket links above).