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Re: Someone interested in writing a regression test suite for Hurd comp

From: Shakthi Kannan
Subject: Re: Someone interested in writing a regression test suite for Hurd components?
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 23:15:23 +0530


--- On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM, Thomas Schwinge <tschwinge@gnu.org> wrote:
| Before installing these patches, I'd like to have a basic regression test
| suite set-up that gives us some confidence that they don't in turn cause
| breakage on other parts / uses of rpctrace.

Could you furnish more details?

| Now, testing rpctrace is not like testing libpipe, where you simply come
| up with some testing programs that use the libpipe C API and do some
| consistency checks alongside.  Testing rpctrace means running it against
| testee programs, and then parse rpctrace's output and compare that
| against a to-be-expected version.  Some fuzzy comparisions will be
| needed, as PIDs and all sort of other things will vary between two runs
| of the same testee.  Also some machinery to take care of hanging rpctrace
| processes will be needed.

Could you give one documented example?

| I guess that instead of starting to write shell scripts etc. for handling
| all this, something like expect, <http://expect.nist.gov/>, or DejaGnu,
| <http://www.gnu.org/software/dejagnu/>, should instead be used for this
| task, but I have no experience with these.  Is someone interested in
| working on that?

Can we use Check (LGPL)?


Shakthi Kannan

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