GNU bug report logs - #9231
Use of TAP in Automake's own testsuite: avoid NIH

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Package: automake; Severity: wishlist; Reported by: Stefano Lattarini <stefano.lattarini@HIDDEN>; dated Wed, 3 Aug 2011 20:15:02 UTC; Maintainer for automake is bug-automake@HIDDEN.

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From: Stefano Lattarini <stefano.lattarini@HIDDEN>
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Subject: Use of TAP in Automake's own testsuite: avoid NIH
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Severity: wishlist

OK, I gotta admit that the shell-oriented "TAP library" I've introduced in
the 'test-protocols' branch[*] is probably one of worst example of the NIH
syndrome *ever*.  It's mostly OK for the simple uses I've put it to for
the moment, but I can see that, if mismanaged, it could either remain
brittle and inadequate (and force us to write more convoluted, indirected
tests), or, on the other hand, become another complex package-in-a-package
maintainance nightmare.

 [*] See commit `v1.11-920-gc349db0' "testsuite: scaffolding to allow use of
     TAP in our own tests":
  <https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/automake-patches/2011-08/msg00015.html>

We should fix this creeping NIH-ness in the future, taking inspiration from
pre-existing, real-world TAP generators implementated in the shell; among
them are, e.g.:

  1. The `t/test-lib.sh' library in the Git testsuite:
     <http://git.kernel.org/?p=git/git.git;a=blob;f=t/test-lib.sh>

  2. The `tap/libtap.sh' from the "C TAP Harness" package:
     <http://git.eyrie.org/?p=devel/c-tap-harness.git;a=blob;f=tap/libtap.sh>

Note that those implementations will still require some editing and reshaping
in order to fit in the current Automake testing framework.

Thanks,
  Stefano




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