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Subject: [boost] [Test] Command line option --list_content
From: Andreas Noll (anoll_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-12-11 04:38:17

Hi everyone,

Within our company we heavily use Boost.Test. We use Visual Studio and have written an Visual Studio extension to show all test suites and test cases of a given test executable. This allows our developers to run all tests or only parts of them. This is necessary because we have some lengthy running tests - one could say they are more integration tests than unit tests.

What we have to do currently is patching the Boost.Test code to add a command line switch to output a test executable's contents to stdout. The output shows the hierarchy of test suites and test cases and is consumed by our Visual Studio extension. As I have recognized, our patch seems to cover the same functionality as the --list_content switch that already exists in the trunk version of Boost.Test.

We would really appreciate that --list_content becomes part of the official boost releases to make our patch obsolete.
My questions:
1. What are the reason(s) why-list_content is not (yet) added to the release? Is there any schedule for its release?
2. Is there any way how we can help with that issue? I'm new to the community but maybe there is something our team or me can do to get the feature released.

Best regards,
Andreas Noll

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