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Automake also includes simple support for testing your program.
The most simple form of this is the ‘TESTS’ variable. This
variable holds a list of tests which are run when the user runs
make check. Each test is built (if necessary) and then executed.
For each test,
make prints a single line indicating whether the
test has passed or failed. Failure means exiting with a non-zero
status, with the special exception that an exit status of ‘77’
means that the test should be ignored.
make check also prints a
summary showing the number of passes and fails.
Automake also supports the notion of an xfail, which is a test which is expected to fail. Sometimes this is useful when you want to track a known failure, but you aren’t prepared to fix it right away. Tests which are expected to fail should be listed in both ‘TESTS’ and ‘XFAIL_TESTS’.
The special prefix ‘check’ can be used with primaries to indicate
that the objects should only be built at
make check time. For
example, here is how you can build a program that will only be used
during the testing process:
check_PROGRAMS = test-program test_program_SOURCES = ...
Automake also supports the use of DejaGNU, the GNU test framework. DejaGNU support can be enabled using the ‘dejagnu’ option:
AUTOMAKE_OPTIONS = dejagnu
The resulting ‘Makefile.in’ will include code to invoke the
runtest program appropriately.
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