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The testsuite is an important component of the GDB package. While it is always worthwhile to encourage user testing, in practice this is rarely sufficient; users typically use only a small subset of the available commands, and it has proven all too common for a change to cause a significant regression that went unnoticed for some time.
The GDB testsuite uses the DejaGNU testing framework. The tests themselves are calls to various Tcl procs; the framework runs all the procs and summarizes the passes and fails.