Re: RE : Re: Bug#839210: ITP: bash-unit -- bash unit testing enterprise edition framework for professionals
Pascal Grange schreef op 05-10-2016 9:32:
I use this software in a daily basis on debian systems. A small
community is emerging, also using it and asking for easier ways
to install it on Debian systems.
Sounds like good reasons,
Regarding the fact that bash_unit only supports bash, this was a
design decision. I personally stumbled upon too many shell scripts
that started with:
When they where actually using bash specific instructions or
constructs in the code. That was a motivation to be really clear and
specific about the contexts where this testing tool where supposed to
This testing tool supports bash and tries to support it well.
But do take note that on Debian systems there is also an interest to be
Dash compatible. At least with me it is.
Particularly scripts that need speed can see great improvements
sometimes under Dash.
Which was also the reason for it (hence "dash" a fitting name ;-)).
Bash will run differently when invoked as Sh, by the way.
I applaud your efforts. You say the main difference is that shunit2
requires you to source the file and then run the test as a regular shell
script, but that your tool depends on the calling tool to source those
To compare: jUnit requires you to source stuff AND it is run by the
But it seems to me that for Bash and other shell scripts the
infrastructure to know where to find source scripts is rather missing
and sourcing stuff from the right location is always a bit of a pain so
I can only see that as a great benefit currently to me at least.
However I do not know about shunit2 and I know very little about Debian
policy and should not be saying too much here, but I would personally be
inclined to ask foremost if you would have any interest in extending the
tool to Dash. Bash scripting is a lot easier but for production systems
sometimes there is a reason to change that "fast" code to compatible
code. We have the "checkbashisms" script from devscripts and it would
not be unkind if the best featured unit testing framework, supposedly,
would be a bit in line with that -- I suppose people are also coming
from that. Debian does not support any other tool apart from Bash, Dash
and Posh, I guess, as shellscripting languages for the system, so it
would not be about support C-shells or even Zsh, it would probably,
however 'selfishly' be most important for "us here" if the thing
Just saying that that is something I would personally ask and I could
wonder if you could comment on that.
(Also for me personally, of course).
Of course the name has "bash" in it but that is something the people at
#bash would like ;-). If Bash came to be a bit more of an accepted