* Regression Testing (was Re: patch #1 ...)
@ 2005-02-24 17:49 Chad Walstrom
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From: Chad Walstrom @ 2005-02-24 17:49 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Mel Hatzis wrote:
> If there's general interest in incorporating the test suite I have,
> I'd be happy to try and set something up.
Sounds like a great idea. Regression testing is always welcome.
> There's a perl component in it though...for setting up a test database
> against which the regression tests are run. I'm not sure how people
> feel about adding a perl dependency to the mix.
As long as the dependency is for development purposes only, I don't see
a problem. Though, committing a generated database to CVS wouldn't be
an awful idea either. ;-)
> My original idea was to have the tests run via a 'make test, but this
> was not possible since GNATS needs to be (partly) installed in order
> to run...the binaries all have a hard-wired reference to the
> 'databases' file. We could fairly easily overcome this by modifying
> the binaries to allow the databases file to be supplied...either by
> environment variable or command line option (or both).
Right. Make test could also be run after a test install directory were
created. As was mentioned in a reply to this post, it's possible to set
up the prefix to a usable test installation directory. My configure
call is usually something like this:
$ mkdir +build +install ; cd +build
$ ../configure --prefix=`pwd`/../+install \
$ make install
$ cd ../+install/usr/libexec/...
I do agree that enhancing command-line options would help immensely.
> The perl requirement could perhaps, be resolved, by simply committing
> the generated database to the mix.
We could always start another CVS repository for the test data and test
suite if that would be "easier". I would be fine with simply creating a
"test" directory. Is your testing suite a unit-test style?
I had been looking at GNU Nana _ for design-by-contract patterns that
might be helpful. The CPP macros work best with gcc and gdb, so it's
not 100% portable to other compilers/debuggers. Might be worth looking
at, in any case.
..  http://directory.fsf.org/nana.html
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