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Re: Need for a Emacs regression test suite

From: Davis Herring
Subject: Re: Need for a Emacs regression test suite
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 12:12:55 -0700 (PDT)
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>  > But the suggestion was "to test the GUI invocation".  I don't see how
>  > regression tests for that could possibly work.  Does XEmacs' testing
>  > framework apply to user input operations?
> Not currently.  I don't know about Windows and Carbon, but it would
> not be impossible to develop a framework to generate X events to send
> to X windows at known positions.  (Ie, you would arrange for a frame
> to be created at 0,0, then you can send mouse clicks to the menubar
> and things like that, also keystroke events.)  Since Windows and
> Carbon are designed for operation only the local console an entirely
> different approach would have to be taken, I suppose.
> These tests can easily be done in LISP, since there is an xlib package
> and an X window manager, both written entirely in LISP.

See also java.awt.Robot:
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/java/awt/Robot.html.  That page
says that it uses the XTEST extension on X, and I have seen it work on
Windows (so there is presumably a painless way to do it).


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