Don Marti

Wed 04 Jan 2006 06:25:45 PM PST

Testing with screen, testing at Debian and Ubuntu

Scott James Remnant has a good story on test-driven development with screen.

Meanwhile, Debian Weekly News links to article by Lars Wirzenius on automated testing in Debian. A promising tool from Lars, piuparts, tests that packages install and uninstall correctly. More good stuff on automated testing on the Ubuntu Wiki.

This is great news even if you're not using Ubuntu or Debian, because you should be able to take a deb package with tests, put a wrapper on it, and use the package plus tests as a test for its dependencies as supplied in your own distribution or stack. Work done to automate testing in one environment helps everyone who uses the package.