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Re: serial-tests option and backwards compatibility

From: Luke Mewburn
Subject: Re: serial-tests option and backwards compatibility
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:27:49 +1100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-12-10)

On Mon, Feb 04, 2013 at 02:31:43PM +0100, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
  | On 02/04/2013 01:16 AM, Luke Mewburn wrote:
  | > We use autotest extensively, and our test scenario is rather complex
  | > and relies upon the existing serial behaviour;
  | >
  | I don't follow; if you use autotest, why you also need to rely on the
  | AUtomake-provided test harnesses?  None of the GNU projects using
  | autotest and that I know of (tar, bison, autoconf, libtool) does so.

My apologies for the brain fade; I conflated "autotest" (from autoconf)
with "automake test [harnesses]".  We use autotest not automake test.

  | > If parallel tests supported a dependency graph a la make
  | >
  | But it does; in fact, it relies on make to honour such a dependency graph;
  | quoting from section 15.2.3 "Parallel Test Harness" of the Automake manual
  |  [...]
  | Or am I missing something else?

That makes sense (in light of my confusion of autotest vs automake test.)

  | > This isn't the only backwards incompatible change made recently,
  | > and in my humble opinion I think the timeframes introducing
  | > backwards incompatibility are too aggressive.
  | >
  | You are not the only one to think so, and I've come to agree (at least
  | partially); for some more discussions and background, see:
  |   <>
  |   <>
  | So things should proceed more carefully in the future (I hope).

Sounds great.


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