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Re: What to do with 'make check'?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: What to do with 'make check'?
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 09:07:26 -0700
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mwoehlke <address@hidden> writes:

> how safe is running 'make check' as root?

In practice I think it's fairly safe.  But if you're at all worried
about it, I suggest running it under a virtual emulator.  After all,
the whole point of 'make check' is to find bugs, and what could a
buggy program do when run as root?

> 2. I am expecting a number of failures. How should I report these?

The output of "make check" is a good start.  If a particular test fails,
it might help to re-run that verbosely.  E.g.,

   cd tests/mv
   VERBOSE=yes make TESTS=no-target-dir check

> to what extent will I have to chase down bugs myself (or should I
> post results first, and go from there)?

In some cases the fixes will be obvious.  In others, I'm afraid you'll
have to fix the bugs yourself and send us patches, as we don't have
access to your machines.

> 3. How important are the local-file-system tests?

That depends on how important local file systems are to applications
running on the intended hosts.

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