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Re: `make check` mechanics

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2001-06-18 23:02:04 CEST

Kevin Pilch-Bisson <kevin@pilch-bisson.net> writes:

> The only thing I have against this plan to internalize everything is
> that it makes testing harder. We can no longer test small peices of
> functionality as easily [...]
>
> The reason I point this out is that if such a test fails, it can be
> harder to track down exactly where the bug is. Also having more test
> code per test means there is a larger chance of bugs in the test
> code. There's nothing I hate more than spending weeks chasing down
> the reason a test is failing to discover that it is a faulty test!

Oh, I'm aware of this risk. That's why we took so long getting a
"framework" for our python tests set up. Writing black-box tests
isn't simply a matter of writing an add-hoc routine that returns 1 or
0; no sir, you actually have to code to a "testing API".

But don't fret -- we've been using this API for a while. We have lots
of tests using it, and it's pretty reliable now.

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