2008/7/31 Antonio Amorim wrote:
> I have used vncrobot http://www.vncrobot.com/ that is open to be used but
> not open source.
It is a shame that vncrobot is closed source as it has some really
> The testing of our images is available on (for example):
> (see http://mirror.sim.ul.pt/paipix/ for other images)
The tests look really comprehensive. I particularly like the installation test.
> PAIPIX examples that it opens a broad range of possibilities for QA.
Agreed, the more testing methods the better, always good to make sure
the test tools work. I have concentrated on the boot-up process as the
rest of the system is un-altered Debian.
> It is not perfect but gives a hint of what would be a better system.
> The main problems are:
> is wrong. Furthermore, while the iso is booting, the graphical resolution
> changes and the vncrobot client has to be stopped and restarted
> automatically for these occasions.
This was I problem I had with Autotesting. The vncserver within qemu
was problematic. I used vncserver with a large resolution with qemu
runing within it as _full screen_. Therefore the main vncserver
remains a fixed resolution whilst booting. A large resolution is
needed to avoid qemu SDL errors when (As far as I can tell) the qemu
resolution changes and qemu wants to exceed to the resolution of the
xserver qemu is running on. The code maybe explains this better.
> 3) Letters in other languages and extended keys are not well supported and
> have to be sent to the vnc server using special tricks.
I used the qemu sendkey command.
By using a telnet interface to the "- -monitor telnet:127.0.0.1:4444"
and well as
echo "sendkey $KEY" | socat - TCP4:127.0.0.1:4444
> I can send the full list of scripts and tools that I am using if any of you
> is interested.
I might have a look at the install to hardrive scripts used. 
Also this may be interesting 
> Also, since I am using debian-live, I would be glad to setup one of our dell
> servers to test systematically the official debian-live images. The machines
> have 8 cores, 8 GB of memory and are running Debian etch. The KVM emulator
> works beutifully both for i386 and amd64 iso images.
One for Daniel or Chris to answer?
Always interesting to see how other are looking at the same problem.
- From: bms at barwap.com (Brendan Sleight)
- From: Antonio.Amorim at sim.fc.ul.pt (Antonio Amorim)