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Re: Automake testsuite misuses DejaGnu

From: Jacob Bachmeyer
Subject: Re: Automake testsuite misuses DejaGnu
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2021 17:53:32 -0500
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Jim Meyering wrote:
On Sun, Jul 11, 2021 at 9:03 PM Jacob Bachmeyer <> wrote:

The affected tests are:  check12, dejagnu3, dejagnu4, dejagnu5,
dejagnu6, dejagnu7, dejagnu-absolute-builddir, dejagnu-relative-srcdir,
dejgnu-siteexp-extend, dejagnu-siteexp-useredit.


Thank you for the analysis and heads-up.
I see that Fedora 34 currently has only dejagnu-1.6.1.
If this is something you can help with now, I can certainly wait a few days.

Even a sample fix for one of the currently-failing tests would be helpful.

That is part of the problem: I have a patch, but applying it will cause the tests to fail with DejaGnu 1.6.1. Older versions of DejaGnu require $srcdir to be exactly the root of the testsuite, while 1.6.3 accepts a testsuite in $srcdir or ${srcdir}/testsuite; the latter is needed to allow Automake to invoke DejaGnu from the top-level in the tree.

I expect to have time to try a recursive make solution later tonight or tomorrow. Do I understand correctly that I will need to add "SUBDIRS = testsuite" to the top-level TEST_CASE/ in the test case and move the "AUTOMAKE_OPTIONS = dejagnu" and "DEJATOOL" definitions to TEST_CASE/testsuite/ to get Automake to invoke DejaGnu in the testsuite subdirectory instead of top-level?

-- Jacob

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