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Re: [PATCH] run_test.py appearance changes

From: Ben Reser <ben_at_reser.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:42:30 -0700

On Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 5:01 AM, Gabriela Gibson
<gabriela.gibson_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4/2/13, Daniel Shahaf <danielsh_at_elego.de> wrote:
>> This change will actually change the output if you resize the terminal
>> window while running tests interactively (at least in terminal emulators
>> that support the ioctl_GWINSZ approach).
>
> Oops, I hadn't thought that someone might adjust their window mid-test.
> However, resizing your window results in quite a visual mess in either case.
> -- best avoided :)

While to a degree I think this is tilting at windmills. I don't think
supporting terminal resizes is a bad thing and I don't think any
effort to deal with it is hurting our performance of running tests to
even be worth of considerations. There are better places to look for
optimization in our test suite (e.g. if you're running all the
variations most of the C tests get re-run under the same condition
every time, which is a total waste).

Keeping in mind that I don't think this is particularly important in
our case. I'd argue that the only reason resizing terminals doesn't
tend to work very well is because people continue to dismiss the idea
that anyone would resize their terminal in the middle of something.
There are some terminal applications that do a pretty good job of
making it work properly provided that the application isn't broken and
in the long term it's best if we support this sort of behavior because
it encourages everyone to support it.
Received on 2013-04-08 21:43:10 CEST

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