[project @ 2002-07-31 14:24:18 by simonmar]
Revamp the testsuite framework. The previous framework was an experiment that got a little out of control - a whole new language with an interpreter written in Haskell was rather heavyweight and left us with a maintenance problem. So the new test driver is written in Python. The downside is that you need Python to run the testsuite, but we don't think that's too big a problem since it only affects developers and Python installs pretty easily onto everything these days. Highlights: - 790 lines of Python, vs. 5300 lines of Haskell + 720 lines of <strange made-up language>. - the framework supports running tests in various "ways", which should catch more bugs. By default, each test is run in three ways: normal, -O, and -O -fasm. Additionally, if profiling libraries have been built, another way (-O -prof -auto-all) is added. I plan to also add a 'GHCi' way. Running tests multiple ways has already shown up some new bugs! - documentation is in the README file and is somewhat improved. - the framework is rather less GHC-specific, and could without much difficulty be coaxed into using other compilers. Most of the GHC-specificness is in a separate configuration file (config/ghc). Things may need a while to settle down. Expect some unexpected failures.
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