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Re: How to run the autoconf generated testsuite with `make installcheck`

From: Mathieu Lirzin
Subject: Re: How to run the autoconf generated testsuite with `make installcheck`?
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:51:57 +0200
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Hello Simon,

Simon Sobisch <address@hidden> writes:

> While the automake manual mentions the installcheck target it doesn't
> leave a note where to find more information about this.
> I assume this is about something like:
> * adding a installcheck-local target to tests/
> * in this target run the check-local target but set an environment
> variable before
> * in tests/ check for this variable and adjust the path of the
> tested binaries to use no path at all (=use the ones found in PATH)
> Is this the correct approach?
> Thank you for providing some experience / best practice about the
> installcheck target,

I don't have much experience with ‘installcheck’ target.  I have used it
in GNU Mcron to check the location and basic properties of the installed
files [1].

I would recommend against running unit tests on the installed program
and reserve it for validation tests.  For example verifying that default
paths values are properly set to the installed location which can't be
checked from ‘builddir’.


Mathieu Lirzin
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