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Re: In emacs 23 compile-mode doesn't recognize (c)perl error messages

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: In emacs 23 compile-mode doesn't recognize (c)perl error messages
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 02:04:16 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

> I gather that the reason we're stuck with this state of affairs is that
> the emacs-devel team (including rms) isn't really interested.  They like
> the idea of having a tool to do higher level testing of the entire
> interface, but don't see the point of lower level tests... which is to
> say they'd like to solve the hardest problem first, and aren't too
> likely to do this soon.

That is actually not the case.  It's more like we have plenty of things
to do and we're waiting for someone else to setup such a testsuite.
We do have a "test" subdirectory in the CVS repository, although it
currently doesn't hold much.

I have no experience with such test rigs, nor with any the many Emacs
test frameworks, and I have time neither to review them, nor to write
my own.  But I would very much welcome some test framework to be
installed in Emacs's CVS repository such that I can easily add tests in
the "test" subdirectory for simple low-level tests.

Being able to have higher-level tests would be nice as well and is
indeed a hard problem in general, but it's not a prerequisite at all.

Any help would be greatly welcome.  E.g. help to review of the various
Elisp test frameworks out there, highlighting their advantages and
shortcoming (to help choose one), and then help to set it up for Emacs
(e.g. adding Makefile rules to run the suite).


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