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Re: [PATCH v1] Fix misuse of DejaGnu in Automake testsuite

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [PATCH v1] Fix misuse of DejaGnu in Automake testsuite
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 21:48:13 -0700

On Tue, Jul 13, 2021 at 9:39 PM Jacob Bachmeyer <> wrote:
> This is a revised patch that changes the DejaGnu tests in the Automake
> testsuite to properly use a testsuite/ directory.  A previous "v0" of
> this patch was sent to the general Automake list as an illustration of
> the problem, but that version of the patch broke compatibility with all
> older releases of DejaGnu.  This version instead uses recursive make to
> run DejaGnu in the testsuite/ directory in each case.  This works with
> older versions of DejaGnu and this usage of DejaGnu will continue to be
> supported for the foreseeable future.
> On a side note, DejaGnu can now be run from its source tree or a Git
> working tree.  While the Automake testsuite does not seem to provide a
> way to set RUNTEST to point to an alternate runtest, "
> PATH=/where/you/put/dejagnu-1.6.3:$PATH make check " will use an
> unpacked version of the 1.6.3 release even if the system has an older
> version installed.  Older versions of DejaGnu did not support this reliably.

I confirmed that all tests pass for me on Fedora 34,
both with dejagnu-1.6.1 and with 1.6.3.
I've pushed that with a ChangeLog and NEWS added by Karl.
Thanks to both of you!

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