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From: Dave Steffen (dgsteffen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-02-13 13:57:59

Noah Roberts writes:
> Dave Steffen wrote:
> > Hi Folks,
> > Expected failures are specified at the test case level, e.g.
> >
> > BOOST_TEST_CASE( test_case_name, expected failures )
> > {
> > ...
> > }
> > I _think_ what I'd like to see is 'expected failures' marked, not at
> > the test case level, but at the assertion level; that is, instead of
> > specifying "N out of the following M assertions are expected to fail"
> > (as is done now), specify "This assertion is expected to fail" on an
> > assertion-by-assertion basis.
> >
> > I can probably go hack this in to the library, but I'd prefer not to.
> > Any other thoughts or solutions?
> I'm curious why simply inverting the test is not enough. Assuming
> a BOOST_CHECK_FAILS existed:
> BOOST_CHECK_FAILS(someobject.doesntwork());
> could be just as easily written as:
> BOOST_CHECK(!sameobject.doesntwork());

 Well, that looks like any other test assertion, and results in a pass
 or fail. What we're after here is something different: we're
 distinguishing between two different kinds of failures, and we want
 them reported as such. In contrast, what you've got above turns an
 "expected failure" into a "pass", which isn't what we want.

 There is a larger question, that is probably better directed at
 Gennady, since he wrote the library: why support expected failures?
 What do "expected failures" mean? What's the use case? This is,
 however, a different discussion (that we can have if people are

 But the point is that failures and expected failures are
 reported differently. There are, in effect, three possible outcomes
 of a test: pass, fail, and fail (but we expected it to).

 What I'm asking for is that the "expected failure" notion be
 specified, not at the test case level, but at the test assertion
 level... but with the same reporting scheme as is currently in use.

Dave Steffen, Ph.D.
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