runtest(1) DejaGnu test driver


runtest [OPTION]...


DejaGnu is a framework for testing programs using Expect. runtest is the driver program for DejaGnu. It controls what tests to run and how to run them.


--all, -a
Output all test results. By default, only unexpected results are displayed.
--build TRIPLET
The configuration TRIPLET for the build system.
Turn on Expect internal debugging output. The output is logged to a file called dbg.log.
--directory DIRECTORY
Run only tests in the specified DIRECTORY.
Prints a usage message and then exits.
--host TRIPLET
The configuration TRIPLET for the host system.
--host_board NAME
The host board definition to use.
--ignore test1.exp test2.exp ...
Do not run the specified tests.
Emit Expect output to standard output.
--mail 'name1 name2 ...'
Electronic mail addresses to receive test results.
The network HOSTNAME of the target board.
--objdir PATH
PATH is a directory containing compiled test code.
--outdir DIRECTORY
The name of a DIRECTORY for test log output.
Reboot the target board when runtest initializes (if supported).
--srcdir PATH
PATH is a directory containing test directories.
--strace N
Turns on Expect internal tracing to N levels deep. The output is logged to a file called dbg.log.
--target TRIPLET
The configuration TRIPLET for the target.
--target_board NAME
A list of target board NAMEs to run tests on.
Specify the tool to be tested. TOOLNAME controls the test suite applied, and the associated initialization module.
--tool_exec PATH
Specify the PATH to the executable to test.
--tool_opts OPTIONS
Additional OPTIONS to pass to the tool.
-v, --verbose
Turns on more debugging output from test cases and DejaGnu utility code. Use more than once to increase output further.
-V, --version
Prints out the versions of DejaGnu, Expect and Tcl.
-x, --xml[=FILE]
Generate XML output. FILE is optional; if given it is the name of the output file. If not given, the output file is named after the tool.
Activate the Tcl debugger. number can be either 1 or 0. If it is 1, then the Expect shell will break when it starts to run. The interrupt key will cause DejaGnu to drop to the debugger prompt. If it is 0, DejaGnu starts as usual, but Control-C drops to the debugger prompt.
Any file name on the command line is assumed to be a subset of the
test names to run. Usually these are the names of the test scripts (eg. foo.exp).

Makefile-style variables are used to specify tool names and their flags; these and other configuration dependent values are saved in the file site.exp, created during configuration.

Exit status:

if all tests passed including expected failures and unsupported tests,
if any test failed, passed unexpectedly, or was unresolved,
if Expect encountered any error in the test scripts.


Rob Savoye ([email protected])


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