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Re: exit status of 'make check'

On Monday 26 November 2001 00:10, Michael Elizabeth Chastain wrote:
> I agree with Daniel here, but from a different point of view.
> It would be nice if the exit status was, for example:
>   0  no results are ERROR, WARNING, or FAIL
>   1  no results are ERROR or WARNING; some results are FAIL
>   2  some results are ERROR or WARNING
>   3  the test harness did not run well enough to generate results
>      (e.g. runtest not found).
> (or something like that)

This makes good sense to me. :-) 

> To achieve this result, someone would have to: design a set of exit
> statuses, build consensus for it among several user communities, and submit
> patches to tools like dejagnu.
> That's a lot of work.


>  For the same amount of work, one could implement
> other useful features in the test machinery and in the test suite itself. 
> For instance, I would like to have ERRORs and WARNINGs reported with the
> test script filename in them, just like FAILs are.

I would like to see both implemented. I just need about 3 more hours in each 
day to work on such a project.  I hope to have some time next week to look 
into this matter further.

> I do sympathize that the exit status is imprecise and that this can
> interfere with large-scale automation.

Thank you.

Best Regards,


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