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Subject: Re: [boost] CMake and Boost Build tests
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-07-27 02:56:30

On 7/26/2017 4:39 PM, Niall Douglas via Boost wrote:
>>> I couldn't make the compile-fail and run-fail targets to work so I
>>> just removed them from the cmake test suite. So if your thinking that
>>> CMake has a ways to go to be able to offer what we expect, you're right.
>> So you are saying that you cannot run a unit test with CMake that is
>> meant to show a failure. Wow, what a brilliant system !
> Actually cmake's support for fail tests is richer than Boost.Build's.
> Here is cmake to implement simple compile fail testing where a regex on
> the error messages from the compiler must be matched for the test to pass:

Thanks ! I will look at it. It does seem like a great deal of code just
to run a bunch of tests.

> This cmake reads the regex from the first line of the fail test's source
> code.
> There is lots of flexibility in cmake's fail test design. You can make
> tests which must compile but must fail to link. You can make tests which
> must complete within a certain time period. Lots of flexibility.
> ctest generates XML of all the test results. That can be merged with
> JUnit XML from the individual tests easily enough. And the whole lot
> sent up to CDash e.g.
> where fails and successes can be drilled into, and the cause figured out.

I have a feeling that CTest is not usable for the current Boost testing
system, but maybe I am wrong.

> Niall

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