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Re: Interested In Volunteering For Testing

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: Interested In Volunteering For Testing
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:25:41 +0000
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Hi Selma,

For general guidelines you should read the GNU Coding Standards which can be 
at  Also the GNU Maintainers 
at contains pertinent 

Note in particular section 6 which talks about paperwork.  You  will need to 
to Ben about that before we can include your contributions, but you can start 
on the task immediately.

For all the existing tests, we use Autotest.  Unless there is a compelling 
reason to the
contrary, I think your tests should also use Autotest.  The manual can be found 
In the source code, there is a directory called "tests" which contain the 
test suite.  I suggest you look through some of the existing *.at files to get 
an idea
of how it works.

Also, please remember to post to pspp-dev rather than any individual developer 
talking about the work.  That way everyone knows what's going on, and you get a 
better chance of an informative reply.

Good luck,


On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 08:04:47PM -0700, Selma Leathem wrote:
     Hello John,
     Some of this seems similar to a task I did long ago in python, where I 
parsed tables from files and worked with the data, only now?the data resides on 
the internet, which at first glance appears to be easily handled with such 
library resources as netdb.h ect... I'm just checking that you don't have any 
preset guidelines, ideas, ect.. that I should follow.
     Thank you,
     From: John Darrington <address@hidden>
     To: Selma Leathem <address@hidden>
     Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:58 PM
     Subject: Re: Interesting In Volunteering For Testing
     One thing that we need is some auto tests against the US statistical 
     sets which are available at
     Perhaps you'd like to to that?
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