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Re: Question on AM_TAP_AWK

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Question on AM_TAP_AWK
Date: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:57:45 -0600
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On 04/07/2015 03:30 PM, Arthur Schwarz wrote:

>                     $(top_srcdir)/build-aux/
> AM_TAP_AWK is defined right there, in the example code.  Its purpose is
> to tell the program which AWK program to use.
> [1] 
> make-test-harness
> Cheers,
> -- Nick Bowler, Elliptic Technologies ( Hey

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> thanks; I guess what your saying is that the variable needs no
> definition; it's self-defining. Does this mean that the TAP interface
> needs this variable only under some circumstances but not under all?

If I understand correctly, you only need to set AM_TAP_AWK in your
makefile if you want to allow the user to select a different awk than
what a PATH search would normally find, as that is what
does when the variable is not set.

> Since it is self-defined within an example and not in some text which
> defines the TAP interface I suppose that it is only required sometimes,
> otherwise the TAP interface would have it as part of its description.
> I'm also a bit confused about the use of env. Does this use mean that
> Makefile evaluates TEST_LOG_DRIVER by escaping to a shell? Otherwise,
> does Makefile do it's own interpretation of 'env'? the reason that I'm
> asking this question is that on env Cygwin (8.23-4) manual page (and env
> --help) shows: SYNOPSIS env [OPTION]... [-] [NAME=VALUE]... [COMMAND
> [ARG]...] which seems to imply that either we have NAME=VALUE or NAME=.
> The example shows $(SHELL) which has neither of these. I suppose that

The example shows that you are executing $(SHELL) as the COMMAND, with
the environment variable AM_TAP_AWK pre-set to a value.  The use of
'env' allows use with makefiles that default to executing some other
shell than 'sh' (most likely to be the case on windows systems, but
non-standard behavior since POSIX standardized make to always use sh).

> when $(SHELL) is evaluated it produces some variable name (?) but if it
> does, how does TAP determine what this name is from the environment?

It produces a command name, not a variable name (namely, the command is
the shell to use for interpreting the shell script).

> Does it search the environment for a fixed set of names and then assume
> success at the first one found? Can I supply TAP with a shell whose name
> is not one of the fixed set of names? Anyhow, I'm abandoning TAP and
> going to try to use the Custom Drivers and hope that if the definitions
> are not clearer then at least I can get some sort of test going. If that
> doesn't work then I will distribute my software with no testing. Thanks
> art The failure of the past is the challenge of the present and the
> success of the future.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library

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