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From Jesse Glick <>
Subject Re: svn commit: r381780 - in /ant/core/trunk: WHATSNEW docs/manual/OptionalTasks/junit.html src/main/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs/optional/junit/ src/main/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs/optional/junit/
Date Wed, 01 Mar 2006 16:44:06 GMT
Martijn Kruithof wrote:
> Isn't this a bit premature, junit 4 isn't even "out" yet.

Seems has not announced it, but it's there for download and 
semi-announced at

> Furthermore I thought junit 4 would get rid of the distinction
> between failure and error, wouldn't we want to remain in-line with
> this new junit behaviour when running junit 4 testcases in an junit 4
> environment?

Possibly. Here's the problem I faced. If you delete the parts of the 
patch that deal with failure vs. error, all test failures are reported 
to Ant as errors. So you see e.g.

Tests run: 3, Failures: 0, Errors: 2, Time elapsed: 0.037 sec

just because two assertEquals(...) failed. This is pretty confusing 
because the test was not misconfigured and the above summary implies it 
was. Note that this happens even for JUnit 3 tests run using the 
adapter, which is definitely wrong.

The way the task is currently structured it is impossible to make all 
errors be failures while retaining JUnit 3 compatibility, since errors 
take Throwable and failures only AssertionFailedError.

So I decided to massage it a bit: when running against junit-4.0.jar, 
junit.framework.AssertionFailedError (from 3) and 
java.lang.AssertionError (used as of 4) are both treated as "failures" 
for purposes of reporting. All other throwables are treated as "errors".

Of course it would be most in the spirit of 4 to have failures vs. 
errors be reported as always for 3 tests, but report only failures for 4 
tests. Would require the task to _not_ use the adapter for a test it can 
determine conclusively to be a 3 test (not sure exactly how this is done).

But would not work anyway because JUnitResultFormatter extends 
junit.framework.TestListener which does not permit an arbitrary 
Throwable to be reported as a failure. Even if we changed the JURF 
interface and rewrote the shipped result formatters (plain, brief, XML, 
summary) to use a different mechanism we would have broken custom result 
formatters, which are supported by the task (and presumably are also 
expecting to display both failure and error counts).

So I don't yet see a reasonable way to have results from 4 tests (and 
only 4 tests) reported with only a failure count, while continuing to 
report failures and errors for 3 tests, and retaining compatibility with 
custom formatters. Anyone with an idea, please feel free to fix.


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