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Re: Autotest: how stable?

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Autotest: how stable?
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 05:38:18 -0600
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According to Ben Pfaff on 7/16/2009 10:19 PM:
> However, the warning about Autotest in the Autoconf manual is a
> little off-putting:
>     This section describes a feature which is still stabilizing.
>     Although we believe that Autotest is useful as-is, this
>     documentation describes an interface which might change in
>     the future: do not depend upon Autotest without subscribing
>     to the Autoconf mailing lists.

That text has already been removed from what will become the 2.64 manual.

> How concerned should I be in practice about Autotest changes?  Is
> there any chance that Autotest might be "frozen" or "stabilized"
> soon?

The implementation is still in some churn (for example, figuring out how
to make parallel testsuites portable to more shells).  But the basic API
is quite stable; projects like tar and bison have been using it for years,
and we have managed to avoid any backwards compatibility breaks in spite
of all the internal refactoring.

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