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Re: TAP support documentation

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: TAP support documentation
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:38:38 -0600 (CST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Wed, 14 Nov 2012, Alexis Praga wrote:

Reading about TAP support in the manual, I decided to try this feature.
Unfortunately, it does not work for versions prior to 1.12.
Could you make it more obvious in the manual ? It seems to assume you run
the latests, which is not always the case.

Manuals always refer to the current software and are bundled with the software so they are correct for that software version. Manuals on the web are put there as a service but may not apply to older versions.

Also, I would still like to have this feature. Hereis is how I rapidly
implemented it in the top :

TESTS = foo.test

       @for i in $(TESTS); do \
         $(TAP_LOG_DRIVER) --test-name "$$i" \
            --log-file $$i.log --trs-file $$i.trs -- $$i;\

Do you think this hack can be used without too much surprise ? Otherwise,
what do you recommand (upgrading is not an option) ?

Does it work? Did you verify with 'make distcheck'? Why are you not able to update to Automake 1.12?

For the latest GraphicsMagick release, the tests were converted to use TAP as provided with Automake 1.12. TAP seemed to work fine (it was a definite improvement over original Automake tests) but it was necessary to add an additional common framework to make TAP tests easy to implement. The common framework used by Automake itself could not be directly borrowed since it is GPLed and not easily redistributable in packages which are not GPLed.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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