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Mercurial contains a simple regression test framework that allows both Python unit tests and shell-script driven regression tests.
Running the test suite
To run the tests, do:
$ make tests cd tests && ./run-tests.py ............................................ Ran 44 tests, 0 failed.
This finds all scripts in the tests/ directory named test-* and executes them. The scripts can be either shell scripts or Python. Each test is run in a temporary directory that is removed when the test is complete.
You can also run tests individually:
$ cd tests/ $ ./run-tests.py test-pull test-undo .. Ran 2 tests, 0 failed.
A test-<x> succeeds if the script returns success and its output matches test-<x>.out. If the new output doesn't match, it is stored in test-<x>.err.
Also, run-tests.py has some useful options:
$ ./run-tests.py --help usage: run-tests.py [options] [tests] options: -h, --help show this help message and exit -v, --verbose output verbose messages -t TIMEOUT, --timeout=TIMEOUT kill errant tests after TIMEOUT seconds -c, --cover print a test coverage report -s, --cover_stdlib print a test coverage report inc. standard libraries -C, --annotate output files annotated with coverage -r, --retest retest failed tests -f, --first exit on the first test failure -R, --restart restart at last error -i, --interactive prompt to accept changed output
Running tests under Windows is a bit harder, see WindowsTestingPlan for details.
Writing a shell script test
Creating a regression test is easy. Simply create a shell script that executes the necessary commands to exercise Mercurial.
Here's an example:
hg init touch a hg add a hg commit -m "Added a" -d "0 0" touch main hg add main hg commit -m "Added main" -d "0 0" hg checkout 0 echo Main should be gone ls
Then run your test:
$ ./run-tests.py test-example . test-example generated unexpected output: Main should be gone a Ran 1 tests, 1 failed.
Double-check your script's output, then save the output so that future runs can check for the expected output:
$ mv test-example.err test-example.out $ ./run-tests.py test-example . Ran 1 tests, 0 failed.
Writing a Python unit test
A unit test operates much like a regression test, but is written in Python. Here's an example:
1 #!/usr/bin/env python 2 3 import sys 4 from mercurial import bdiff, mpatch 5 6 def test1(a, b): 7 d = bdiff.bdiff(a, b) 8 c = a 9 if d: 10 c = mpatch.patches(a, [d]) 11 if c != b: 12 print "***", `a`, `b` 13 print "bad:" 14 print `c`[:200] 15 print `d` 16 17 def test(a, b): 18 print "***", `a`, `b` 19 test1(a, b) 20 test1(b, a) 21 22 test("a\nc\n\n\n\n", "a\nb\n\n\n") 23 test("a\nb\nc\n", "a\nc\n") 24 test("", "") 25 test("a\nb\nc", "a\nb\nc") 26 test("a\nb\nc\nd\n", "a\nd\n") 27 test("a\nb\nc\nd\n", "a\nc\ne\n") 28 test("a\nb\nc\n", "a\nc\n") 29 test("a\n", "c\na\nb\n") 30 test("a\n", "") 31 test("a\n", "b\nc\n") 32 test("a\n", "c\na\n") 33 test("", "adjfkjdjksdhfksj") 34 test("", "ab") 35 test("", "abc") 36 test("a", "a") 37 test("ab", "ab") 38 test("abc", "abc") 39 test("a\n", "a\n") 40 test("a\nb", "a\nb") 41 42 print "done"
Making Tests Repeatable
There are some tricky points here that you should be aware of when writing tests:
- hg commit wants user interaction - use -m "text"
- hg up -m wants user interaction, set HGMERGE to something noninteractive:
cat <<'EOF' > merge #!/bin/sh echo merging for `basename $1` EOF chmod +x merge env HGMERGE=./merge hg update -m 1
- changeset hashes will change based on user and date which make
- things like hg history output change - use -d:
hg commit -m "test" -u test -d "0 0"
- diff will show the current time - strip with sed:
hg diff | sed "s/\(\(---\|+++\) [a-zA-Z0-9_/.-]*\).*/\1/"
Making tests portable
You also need to be careful that the tests are portable from one platform to another. You're probably working on Linux, where the GNU toolchain has more (or different) functionality than on MacOS, *BSD, Solaris, AIX, etc. While testing on all platforms is the only sure-fire way to make sure that you've written portable code, here's a list of problems that have been found and fixed in the tests. Another, more comprehensive list may be found in the GNU Autoconf manual, online here:
The Bourne shell is a very basic shell. /bin/sh on Linux is typically bash, which even in Bourne-shell mode has many features that Bourne shells on other Unix systems don't have (and even on Linux /bin/sh isn't guaranteed to be bash). You'll need to be careful about constructs that seem ubiquitous, but are actually not available in the least common denominator. While using another shell (ksh, bash explicitly, posix shell, etc.) explicitly may seem like another option, these may not exist in a portable location, and so are generally probably not a good idea. You may find that rewriting the test in python will be easier.
- don't use pushd/popd; save the output of "pwd" and use "cd" in place of
- the pushd, and cd back to the saved pwd instead of popd.
- don't use math expressions like let, (( ... )), or $(( ... )); use "expr"
- don't use the -q option; redirect stdout to /dev/null instead.
- don't use extended regular expressions with grep; use egrep instead, and
- don't escape any regex operators.
- make sure that the beginning-of-line matcher ("^") is at the very
- beginning of the expression -- it may not be supported inside parens.
- don't use the -i option; instead, redirect to a file:
sed -e 's/foo/bar/' a > a.new mv a.new a
- echo may interpret "\n" and print a newline; use printf instead if you
- want a literal "\n" (backslash + n).
- false is guaranteed only to return a non-zero value; you cannot depend on
- it being 1. On Solaris in particular, /bin/false returns 255. Rewrite your test to not depend on a particular return value, or create a temporary "false" executable, and call that instead.
- don't use the -N option. There's no particularly good workaround short
- of writing a reasonably complicated replacement script, but substituting gdiff for diff if you can't rewrite the test not to need -N will probably do.