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From Sascha Zelzer <s.zel...@dkfz-heidelberg.de>
Subject Re: Project structure
Date Tue, 03 Jul 2012 23:11:37 GMT
Hi Alexander,

thanks a lot for the detailed explanations (and the new information 
about the sub-projects on the web is great). I finally got around 
playing with the deployed bundles and everything worked nicely.

On 06/24/2012 10:02 PM, Alexander Broekhuis wrote:
>> Is there a reason to not use CTest, which ships with CMake?
> I really dislike CTest's behaviour of only having the possibility of one
> test in an executable (better said, one result).

I'm not sure if I can follow. In one of our projects we have about 250 
tests which are "contained" in about ten separate executables. The CMake 
create_test_sourcelist is used to to create a test driver (i.e. a test 
suite) which can call (via command line arguments) the individual tests. 
add_test() is then used to let CTest know about available tests, e.g. by 
calling add_test(NAME ServiceListenerTest COMMAND FrameworkTestSuite 

An example invocation of CTest where only one "test executable" is used 
then looks like this

sascha@BIGEYE ~/builds/CppMicroServices-debug> ctest
Test project /home/sascha/builds/CppMicroServices-debug
     Start 1: usDebugOutputTest
1/6 Test #1: usDebugOutputTest ................   Passed    0.00 sec
     Start 2: usLDAPFilterTest
2/6 Test #2: usLDAPFilterTest .................   Passed    0.00 sec
     Start 3: usModuleTest
3/6 Test #3: usModuleTest .....................   Passed    0.01 sec
     Start 4: usServiceListenerTest
4/6 Test #4: usServiceListenerTest ............   Passed    0.01 sec
     Start 5: usServiceRegistryTest
5/6 Test #5: usServiceRegistryTest ............   Passed    0.00 sec
     Start 6: usServiceTrackerTest
6/6 Test #6: usServiceTrackerTest .............   Passed    0.01 sec

100% tests passed, 0 tests failed out of 6

Total Test time (real) =   0.03 sec

> Also since CTest is only a wrapper to starting test, and not a test
> framework like CUnit etc, there is still a need for additional libraries
> with assertions etc. Since CUnit etc all support test-suites (multiple test
> results in one executable), I prefer those over CTest.
In its simplest form, CTest can be viewed just as mechanism to call 
executables which do some tests. But it also allows you to selectively 
execute tests based on attached "LABEL" properties, or debug/release 
specific tests, specify global or individual test timeouts, run tests in 
parallel (-j <x>) etc.

You are right that there is no C/C++ support for fancy assert or special 
test macros. However, I have found that a small set of custom macros and 
a small utility class in the project itself is all I need, e.g. here:


But there is no "setup" and "teardown" functions, so I guess for more 
elaborate testing set-ups an external unit test library makes sense.

> Another problem with CTest is reporting. With CTest it is only possible to
> create some reports using the VTK "Dashboard". Using some other library
> which supports the JUnit XML export makes it easier to integrate the build
> with Jenkins/Hudson and other CI tools.
I guess you meant the CDash "Dashboard", which you can install yourself 
on any machine to send your CTest reports to. But I fully agree that 
integration with other tools is not easy. I have seen a Jenkins CTest 
plug-in somewhere, but have no experience with it, and there are some 
xslt files in the net for transforming ctest xml to junit xml.

Anyway, I was just used to be able to type "ctest" in the build 
directory and expected the tests to trun. Maybe we could add 
"add_test()" calls which call the third-party unit test library test driver?


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