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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-07-23 08:36:50

As the Boost regression tests have grown in size, and more of the Boost
libraries require a shared library be built first, a new regression test
framework was needed.

Dave, Rene, and others working on the Boost.Build system have provided that
new framework.

But just running the tests isn't enough; if it isn't easy to see what tests
are failing and why, problems just don't get fixed. I've also worried that
compiler warnings were not being acted on often enough, probably because
the warnings were buried so deeply in log files that developers never saw

Accordingly, the Compiler Status report has been upgraded.

* The old Pass/Fail result reporting has been replaced by:

      Pass - The test passes and there are no warning messages.
      Warn - The test passes, but there are warning messages.
      Fail - The test fails.
      Missing - No test results available (probably shared library
                failed to build)

* If warning or error messages are available, the result is hyper-linked to
an entry in a status file, also in HTML format. The hope is that by making
it very easy (one click!) to view the warning or error message, it will be
acted upon more often.

* It is possible to vary the Status Report; tests which pass on all
compilers can be omitted for example. For daily reporting, we probably
don't want to bother with tests that pass all compilers.

A beta has been posted at

It only covers three compilers, but should be enough to get the flavor.

Comments and suggestions appreciated.


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