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Re: verbosity of test failure feedback

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: verbosity of test failure feedback
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 06:58:09 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2010-04-22)

* Stefano Lattarini wrote on Wed, Sep 08, 2010 at 12:36:05AM CEST:
> What about creating a separeted tarball for any failed/skipped test
> (maybe in a proper common subdirectory `tests/test-suite.dir'), then
> displaiyng a message which tells the user "detailed information about
> tests' failures are available in files saved in `tests/test-suite.dir';
> please copy this directory to a safe known place, and write to the
> mailing list <address@hidden> for more information regarding
> how to send these information over to package maintainers"?

Well, as a general rule I think users should keep around their build
directories (unchanged) while issues are being hashed out.  This is
nothing that is specific to Automake though.  :-)

If you have to ask one more time for more details anyway, you might as
well make that as specific as possible and ask only for that which is
missing.  The only viable alternative I see for avoiding the extra round
trip is getting users to upload such tarballs to a binary post site, of
which I don't know any specifically free ones, so I'm not sure promoting
such is a good idea for a GNU package.


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