[tap-l] Inter-stream punctuation
andy at hexten.net
Mon Mar 19 17:50:28 GMT 2007
Given that TAP is streaming I wonder if it might ever be useful to be
able to concatenate a number of TAP streams and have the harness be
able to work out that the single stream represented multiple tests?
Case: I'm working on a PHP implementation of a YAMLish writer. I'm
writing the individual tests in PHP and I'd like to be able to write
a single Perl test wrapper that runs the PHP tests one after another.
t/wrapper.t <-- Perl, runs these:
t/010-load.php <-- PHP, outputs TAP
t/020-writer.php <-- Ditto
Life would be much easier if the Perl wrapper could output a single
stream with some kind of inter-tap marker between the output of the
individual test scripts.
I can see that it might simplify network testing also to be able to
send a single TAP stream that represents the output from multiple tests.
It could just be something like this:
ok 1 loaded OK
ok 1 simple case: output OK
ok 2 nested hash: output OK
Of course you could argue that that intersects to some extent with
the idea of being able to group tests. If you can have groups of
tests each of which has their own plan then that pretty much solves
Andy Armstrong, hexten.net
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