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NAME ^

Bio::Root::Test - A common base for all Bioperl test scripts.

SYNOPSIS ^

  use lib '.'; # (for core package tests only)
  use Bio::Root::Test;

  test_begin(-tests => 20,
             -requires_modules => [qw(IO::String XML::Parser)],
             -requires_networking => 1);

  my $do_network_tests = test_network();
  my $output_debugging = test_debug();

  # Bio::Root::Test rewraps Test::Most, so one can carry out tests with
  # Test::More, Test::Exception, Test::Warn, Test::Deep, Test::Diff syntax

  SKIP: {
    # these tests need version 2.6 of Optional::Module to work
    test_skip(-tests => 10, -requires_module => 'Optional::Module 2.6');
    use_ok('Optional::Module');

    # 9 other optional tests that need Optional::Module
  }

  SKIP: {
    test_skip(-tests => 10, -requires_networking => 1);

    # 10 optional tests that require internet access (only makes sense in the
    # context of a script that doesn't use -requires_networking in the call to
    # &test_begin)
  }

  # in unix terms, we want to test with a file t/data/input_file.txt
  my $input_file = test_input_file('input_file.txt');

  # we want the name of a file we can write to, that will be automatically
  # deleted when the test script finishes
  my $output_file = test_output_file();

  # we want the name of a directory we can store files in, that will be
  # automatically deleted when the test script finishes
  my $output_dir = test_output_dir();

DESCRIPTION ^

This provides a common base for all BioPerl test scripts. It safely handles the loading of Test::Most, itself a simple wrapper around several highly used test modules: Test::More, Test::Exception, Test::Warn, Test::Deep, and Test::Diff. It also presents an interface to common needs such as skipping all tests if required modules aren't present or if network tests haven't been enabled. See test_begin().

In the same way, it allows you to skip just a subset of tests for those same reasons, in addition to requiring certain executables and environment variables. See test_skip().

It also has two further methods that let you decide if network tests should be run, and if debugging information should be printed. See test_network() and test_debug().

Finally, it presents a consistent way of getting the path to input and output files. See test_input_file(), test_output_file() and test_output_dir().

FEEDBACK ^

Mailing Lists

User feedback is an integral part of the evolution of this and other Bioperl modules. Send your comments and suggestions preferably to the Bioperl mailing list. Your participation is much appreciated.

  bioperl-l@bioperl.org                  - General discussion
  http://bioperl.org/wiki/Mailing_lists  - About the mailing lists

Support

Please direct usage questions or support issues to the mailing list:

bioperl-l@bioperl.org

rather than to the module maintainer directly. Many experienced and reponsive experts will be able look at the problem and quickly address it. Please include a thorough description of the problem with code and data examples if at all possible.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to the Bioperl bug tracking system to help us keep track of the bugs and their resolution. Bug reports can be submitted via the web:

  https://redmine.open-bio.org/projects/bioperl/

AUTHOR - Sendu Bala ^

Email bix@sendu.me.uk

CONTRIBUTORS ^

Chris Fields cjfields at bioperl dot org

APPENDIX ^

The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _

test_begin

 Title   : test_begin
 Usage   : test_begin(-tests => 20);
 Function: Begin your test script, setting up the plan (skip all tests, or run
           them all)
 Returns : True if tests should be run.
 Args    : -tests               => int (REQUIRED, the number of tests that will
                                        be run)
           -requires_modules    => []  (array ref of module names that are
                                        required; if any don't load, all tests
                                        will be skipped. To specify a required
                                        version of a module, include the version
                                        number after the module name, separated
                                        by a space)
           -requires_module     => str (as above, but for just one module)
           -requires_networking => 1|0 (default 0, if true all tests will be
                                        skipped if network tests haven't been
                                        enabled in Build.PL)
           -requires_email      => 1   (if true the desired number of tests will
                                        be skipped if either network tests
                                        haven't been enabled in Build.PL or an
                                        email hasn't been entered)
           -excludes_os         => str (default none, if OS suppied, all tests
                                        will skip if running on that OS (eg.
                                        'mswin'))
           -framework           => str (default 'Test::Most', the Test module
                                        to load. NB: experimental, avoid using)

           Note, supplying -tests => 0 is possible, allowing you to skip all
           tests in the case that a test script is testing deprecated modules
           that have yet to be removed from the distribution

test_skip

 Title   : test_skip
 Usage   : SKIP: {
                   test_skip(-tests => 10,
                             -requires_module => 'Optional::Module 2.01');
                   # 10 tests that need v2.01 of Optional::Module
           }
 Function: Skip a subset of tests for one of several common reasons: missing one
           or more optional modules, network tests haven't been enabled, a
           required binary isn't present, or an environmental variable isn't set
 Returns : n/a
 Args    : -tests               => int (REQUIRED, the number of tests that are
                                        to be skipped in the event one of the
                                        following options isn't satisfied)
           -requires_modules    => []  (array ref of module names that are
                                        required; if any don't load, the desired
                                        number of tests will be skipped. To
                                        specify a required version of a module,
                                        include the version number after the
                                        module name, separated by a space)
           -requires_module     => str (as above, but for just one module)
           -requires_executable => Bio::Tools::Run::WrapperBase instance
                                       (checks WrapperBase::executable for the
                                        presence of a binary, skips if absent)
           -requires_env        => str (checks %ENV for a specific env. variable,
                                        skips if absent)
           -excludes_os         => str (default none, if OS suppied, desired num
                                        of tests will skip if running on that OS
                                        (eg. 'mswin'))
           -requires_networking => 1   (if true the desired number of tests will
                                        be skipped if network tests haven't been
                                        enabled in Build.PL)
           -requires_email      => 1   (if true the desired number of tests will
                                        be skipped if either network tests
                                        haven't been enabled in Build.PL or an
                                        email hasn't been entered)

test_output_file

 Title   : test_output_file
 Usage   : my $output_file = test_output_file();
 Function: Get the full path of a file suitable for writing to.
           When your test script ends, the file will be automatically deleted.
 Returns : string (file path)
 Args    : none

test_output_dir

 Title   : test_output_dir
 Usage   : my $output_dir = test_output_dir();
 Function: Get the full path of a directory suitable for storing temporary files
           in.
           When your test script ends, the directory and its contents will be
           automatically deleted.
 Returns : string (path)
 Args    : none

test_input_file

 Title   : test_input_file
 Usage   : my $input_file = test_input_file();
 Function: Get the path of a desired input file stored in the standard location
           (currently t/data), but correct for all platforms.
 Returns : string (file path)
 Args    : list of strings (ie. at least the input filename, preceded by the
           names of any subdirectories within t/data)
           eg. for the file t/data/in.file pass 'in.file', for the file
           t/data/subdir/in.file, pass ('subdir', 'in.file')

test_network

 Title   : test_network
 Usage   : my $do_network_tests = test_network();
 Function: Ask if network tests should be run.
 Returns : boolean
 Args    : none

test_email

 Title   : test_email
 Usage   : my $do_network_tests = test_email();
 Function: Ask if email address provided
 Returns : boolean
 Args    : none

test_debug

 Title   : test_debug
 Usage   : my $output_debugging = test_debug();
 Function: Ask if debugging information should be output.
 Returns : boolean
 Args    : none

float_is

 Title   : float_is
 Usage   : float_is($val1, $val2);
 Function: test two floating point values for equality
 Returns : Boolean based on test (can use in combination with diag)
 Args    : two scalar values (floating point numbers) (required via prototype)
           test message (optional)
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