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Re: Not a bug; rather a question

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: Not a bug; rather a question
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:57:21 -0500
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On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 05:45:02PM -0800, Michael Vensky wrote:
> I wanting to get some Python hooks into the ncurses data structures to allow 
> for an expect/send type of test harness. 
> We have a lot of apps that use ncurses.  I want to fire them off then drive
> them with python and/or nose to support test driven development.
> I can make ncurses screens, but I can' really hook into ncurses application
> screens and read from them so as to be able to answer basic prompts with
> replies.
> Any suggestions as to where to start?

hmm - not really.  There are perhaps two ways to test ncurses applications.

One would be with some front-end application such as "expect", which although
people _say_ it could be used, I don't recall seeing any credible example.
A while back (several years) someone got me to look at the X/Open test-driver,
but it was (a) complex and (b) fragile.  I recall seeing some more recent
mention of it, but again, haven't seen any results.

The other would be back-end, by instrumenting the program.  But I doubt
if you can do that.

Thomas E. Dickey <address@hidden>

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