[darcs-users] darcs patch: Do not use Perl test harness. (and 3 more)

David Roundy daveroundy at gmail.com
Mon Oct 20 21:26:54 UTC 2008

On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 4:46 PM, Reinier Lamers <tux_rocker at reinier.de> wrote:
>> More compact tests are easier to write and easier to
>> run.  And it would allow windows tests to be run by that large
>> fraction of users who are unwilling to install msys or cygwin.
> I don't think that people who are unwilling to install msys or cygwin (fairly
> familiar programs that come as a Windows installer package) will be willing to
> install some obscure Haskell shell.

No, the problem is that we don't *want* them to install msys or
cygwin, which don't behave like windows.  The point is to avoid
special-casing because of things like pwd failing to work properly.
The same issues hold on non-GNU platforms like solaris, where we have
a whole horde of test portability problems.  We solve some of them by
always running tests in bash, but we still run into trouble with tools
like grep and fgrep.


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