MirBSD manpage: Test::Simple(3p)

Test::Simple(3p)Perl Programmers Reference Guide Test::Simple(3p)


     Test::Simple - Basic utilities for writing tests.


       use Test::Simple tests => 1;

       ok( $foo eq $bar, 'foo is bar' );


     ** If you are unfamiliar with testing read Test::Tutorial
     first! **

     This is an extremely simple, extremely basic module for
     writing tests suitable for CPAN modules and other pursuits.
     If you wish to do more complicated testing, use the
     Test::More module (a drop-in replacement for this one).

     The basic unit of Perl testing is the ok.  For each thing
     you want to test your program will print out an "ok" or "not
     ok" to indicate pass or fail.  You do this with the ok()
     function (see below).

     The only other constraint is you must pre-declare how many
     tests you plan to run.  This is in case something goes hor-
     ribly wrong during the test and your test program aborts, or
     skips a test or whatever.  You do this like so:

         use Test::Simple tests => 23;

     You must have a plan.

           ok( $foo eq $bar, $name );
           ok( $foo eq $bar );

         ok() is given an expression (in this case "$foo eq
         $bar").  If it's true, the test passed.  If it's false,
         it didn't.  That's about it.

         ok() prints out either "ok" or "not ok" along with a
         test number (it keeps track of that for you).

           # This produces "ok 1 - Hell not yet frozen over" (or not ok)
           ok( get_temperature($hell) > 0, 'Hell not yet frozen over' );

         If you provide a $name, that will be printed along with
         the "ok/not ok" to make it easier to find your test when
         if fails (just search for the name).  It also makes it
         easier for the next guy to understand what your test is
         for.  It's highly recommended you use test names.

         All tests are run in scalar context.  So this:

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             ok( @stuff, 'I have some stuff' );

         will do what you mean (fail if stuff is empty)

     Test::Simple will start by printing number of tests run in
     the form "1..M" (so "1..5" means you're going to run 5
     tests).  This strange format lets Test::Harness know how
     many tests you plan on running in case something goes horri-
     bly wrong.

     If all your tests passed, Test::Simple will exit with zero
     (which is normal).  If anything failed it will exit with how
     many failed.  If you run less (or more) tests than you
     planned, the missing (or extras) will be considered
     failures.  If no tests were ever run Test::Simple will throw
     a warning and exit with 255.  If the test died, even after
     having successfully completed all its tests, it will still
     be considered a failure and will exit with 255.

     So the exit codes are...

         0                   all tests successful
         255                 test died or all passed but wrong # of tests run
         any other number    how many failed (including missing or extras)

     If you fail more than 254 tests, it will be reported as 254.

     This module is by no means trying to be a complete testing
     system. It's just to get you started.  Once you're off the
     ground its recommended you look at Test::More.


     Here's an example of a simple .t file for the fictional Film

         use Test::Simple tests => 5;

         use Film;  # What you're testing.

         my $btaste = Film->new({ Title    => 'Bad Taste',
                                  Director => 'Peter Jackson',
                                  Rating   => 'R',
                                  NumExplodingSheep => 1
         ok( defined($btaste) && ref $btaste eq 'Film,     'new() works' );

         ok( $btaste->Title      eq 'Bad Taste',     'Title() get'    );
         ok( $btaste->Director   eq 'Peter Jackson', 'Director() get' );
         ok( $btaste->Rating     eq 'R',             'Rating() get'   );
         ok( $btaste->NumExplodingSheep == 1,        'NumExplodingSheep() get' );

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     It will produce output like this:

         ok 1 - new() works
         ok 2 - Title() get
         ok 3 - Director() get
         not ok 4 - Rating() get
         #   Failed test 'Rating() get'
         #   in t/film.t at line 14.
         ok 5 - NumExplodingSheep() get
         # Looks like you failed 1 tests of 5

     Indicating the Film::Rating() method is broken.


     Test::Simple will only report a maximum of 254 failures in
     its exit code.  If this is a problem, you probably have a
     huge test script. Split it into multiple files.  (Otherwise
     blame the Unix folks for using an unsigned short integer as
     the exit status).

     Because VMS's exit codes are much, much different than the
     rest of the universe, and perl does horrible mangling to
     them that gets in my way, it works like this on VMS.

         0     SS$_NORMAL        all tests successful
         4     SS$_ABORT         something went wrong

     Unfortunately, I can't differentiate any further.


     Test::Simple is explicitly tested all the way back to perl

     Test::Simple is thread-safe in perl 5.8.0 and up.


     This module was conceived while talking with Tony Bowden in
     his kitchen one night about the problems I was having writ-
     ing some really complicated feature into the new Testing
     module.  He observed that the main problem is not dealing
     with these edge cases but that people hate to write tests at
     all.  What was needed was a dead simple module that took all
     the hard work out of testing and was really, really easy to
     learn.  Paul Johnson simultaneously had this idea (unfor-
     tunately, he wasn't in Tony's kitchen).  This is it.


         More testing functions!  Once you outgrow Test::Simple,
         look at Test::More.  Test::Simple is 100% forward compa-
         tible with Test::More (i.e. you can just use Test::More

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         instead of Test::Simple in your programs and things will
         still work).

         The original Perl testing module.

         Elaborate unit testing.

     Test::Inline, SelfTest
         Embed tests in your code!

         Interprets the output of your test program.


     Idea by Tony Bowden and Paul Johnson, code by Michael G
     Schwern <schwern@pobox.com>, wardrobe by Calvin Klein.


     Copyright 2001, 2002, 2004 by Michael G Schwern

     This program is free software; you can redistribute it
     and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

     See http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html

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