ATF-TEST-PROGRAM(1)     NetBSD General Commands Manual     ATF-TEST-PROGRAM(1)

NAME
     atf-test-program -- common interface to ATF test programs

SYNOPSIS
     atf-test-program [-r resfile] [-s srcdir]
                      [-v var1=value1 [.. -v varN=valueN]] test_case
     atf-test-program -l

DESCRIPTION
     Test programs written using the ATF libraries all share a common user
     interface, which is what this manual page describes.  NOTE: There is no
     binary known as atf-test-program; what is described in this manual page
     is the command-line interface exposed by the atf-c, atf-c++ and atf-sh
     bindings.

     In the first synopsis form, the test program will execute the provided
     test case and print its results to the standard output, unless otherwise
     stated by the -r flag.  Optionally, the test case name can be suffixed by
     `:cleanup', in which case the cleanup routine of the test case will be
     executed instead of the test case body; see atf-test-case(4).  Note that
     the test case is executed without isolation, so it can and probably will
     create and modify files in the current directory.  To execute test cases
     in a controller manner, refer to atf-run(1), which is the preferred way
     to run test cases.  You should only execute test cases by hand for debug-
     ging purposes.

     In the second synopsis form, the test program will list all available
     test cases alongside their meta-data properties in a format that is
     machine parseable.  This list is processed by atf-run(1) to know how to
     execute the test cases of a given test program.

     The following options are available:

     -l              Lists available test cases alongside a brief description
                     for each of them.

     -r resfile      Specifies the file that will receive the test case
                     result.  If not specified, the test case prints its
                     results to stdout.  If the result of a test case needs to
                     be parsed by another program, you must use this option to
                     redirect the result to a file and then read the resulting
                     file from the other program.  Note: do not try to process
                     the stdout of the test case because your program may
                     break in the future.

     -s srcdir       The path to the directory where the test program is
                     located.  This is needed in all cases, except when the
                     test program is being executed from the current direc-
                     tory.  The test program will use this path to locate any
                     helper data files or utilities.

     -v var=value    Sets the configuration variable var to the value value.

SEE ALSO
     atf-run(1), atf(7)

NetBSD 6.0.1                   February 6, 2011                   NetBSD 6.0.1

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