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From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: 02AS_HELP_STRING.diff
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 16:35:10 -0500
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Akim Demaille wrote:

Derek> The deeper reason behind this is that I started converting the CVS
Derek> test suite (on the CVS project itself, as opposed to the Autoconf test
Derek> suite checked into CVS) to use autotest.  The CVS tests suite is
Derek> currently a molithic, 25k+ line Bourne shell script.  You can imagine
Derek> what a bear that is to maintain.  In converting it, I am attempting to
Derek> maintain backwards compatibility with the options the original test
Derek> suite accepts and in a few cases I just can't imagine a better way of
Derek> accomplishing what the options accomplish.

How about using DejaGNU or QMTest?

No, the design decision was made to use Bourne shell for the test script in order to keep it, and CVS, as portable as possible.

Autotest seemed like a good way to keep generating portable test scripts while gaining some usabillity and flexibility for the developers.



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