runprove man page

runprove -- A command-line tool for running tests against Test::Run

Synopsis

runprove [options] [files/directories]

Options:

-b, --blib      Adds blib/lib to the path for your tests, a la "use blib".
-d, --debug     Includes extra debugging information.
-D, --dry       Dry run: Show the tests to run, but don't run them.
    --ext=x     Extensions (defaults to .t)
-h, --help      Display this help
-H, --man       Longer manpage for runprove
-I              Add libraries to @INC, as Perl's -I
-l, --lib       Add lib to the path for your tests.
-r, --recurse   Recursively descend into directories.
-s, --shuffle   Run the tests in a random order.
-T              Enable tainting checks
-t              Enable tainting warnings
    --timer     Print elapsed time after each test file
-v, --verbose   Display standard output of test scripts while running them.
-V, --version   Display version info

Single-character options may be stacked. Default options may be set by specifying the PROVE_SWITCHES environment variable.

Overview

runprove is a command-line interface to the test-running functionality of "Test::Run". With no arguments, it will run all tests in the current directory.

Shell metacharacters may be used with command lines options and will be exanded via "glob".

Runprove Vs. “Make Test”

runprove has a number of advantages over "make test" when doing development.

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runprove is designed as a development tool

Perl users typically run the test harness through a makefile via "make test". That's fine for module distributions, but it's suboptimal for a test/code/debug development cycle.
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runprove is granular

runprove let your run only the files you want to check. Running "runprove t/live/ t/master.t" checks every *.t in t/live, plus t/master.t.
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prove has an easy verbose mode

runprove has a "-v" option to see the raw output from the tests. To do this with "make test", you must set "HARNESS_VERBOSE=1" in the environment.
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runprove can run under taint mode

runprove's "-t" runs your tests under "perl -t", and "-t" runs them under "perl -t".
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runprove can shuffle tests

You can use runprove's "--shuffle" option to try to excite problems that don't show up when tests are run in the same order every time.
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runprove doesn't rely on a make tool

Not everyone wants to write a makefile, or use ExtUtils::MakeMaker to do so. runprove has no external dependencies.
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Not everything is a module

More and more users are using Perl's testing tools outside the context of a module distribution, and may not even use a makefile at all.

Command Line Options

-b, --blib

Adds blib/lib to the path for your tests, a la "use blib".

-d, --debug

Include debug information about how runprove is being run. This option doesn't show the output from the test scripts. That's handled by -v,--verbose.

-D, --dry

Dry run: Show the tests to run, but don't run them.

--ext=extension

Specify extensions of the test files to run. By default, these are .t, but you may have other non-.t test files, most likely .sh shell scripts. The --ext is repeatable.

-i

Add libraries to @INC, as Perl's -i.

-l, --lib

Add "lib" to @INC. Equivalent to "-Ilib".

-r, --recurse

Descends into subdirectories of any directories specified, looking for tests.

-s, --shuffle

Sometimes tests are accidentally dependent on tests that have been run before. This switch will shuffle the tests to be run prior to running them, thus ensuring that hidden dependencies in the test order are likely to be revealed. The author hopes the run the algorithm on the preceding sentence to see if he can produce something slightly less awkward.

-t

Runs test programs under perl's -t taint warning mode.

-t

Runs test programs under perl's -t taint mode.

--timer

Print elapsed time after each test file

-v, --verbose

Display standard output of test scripts while running them. Also sets TEST_VERBOSE in case your tests rely on them.

-V, --version

Display version info.

Bugs

Please report any bugs or feature requests to "bug-test-run-cmdline@rt.cpan.org", or through the web interface at <http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.htm…>. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

Todo

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Shuffled tests must be recreatable

Authors

Andy Lester "<andy@petdance.com>" (Adapted to runprove by Shlomi Fish, <http://www.shlomifish.org/> ).

Info

2016-05-16 perl v5.24.0 User Contributed Perl Documentation