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Re: [PATCH] tests: send "bug in the test script" errors to the script's stderr




On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 02:44:32PM -0500, Jeff King wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 02:13:26PM +0100, SZEDER Gábor wrote:
> 
> > Send these "bug in the test script" error messages directly to the
> > test scripts standard error and thus to the terminal, so those bugs
> > will be much harder to overlook.  Instead of updating all ~20 such
> > 'error' calls with a redirection, let's add a BUG() function to
> > 'test-lib.sh', wrapping an 'error' call with the proper redirection
> > and also including the common prefix of those error messages, and
> > convert all those call sites [4] to use this new BUG() function
> > instead.
> 
> Yes, I think this is an improvement.
> 
> > +BUG () {
> > +	error >&7 "bug in the test script: $*"
> > +}
> 
> I naively expected this to go to >&4, but of course that is the
> conditional "stderr or /dev/null, depending on --verbose" descriptor. 

The first version of this patch did send the error message to fd 4 ;)

> I do notice that many of the existing "FATAL:" errors use descriptor 5,
> which goes to stdout. I'm not sure if those should actually be going to
> stderr (or if there's some TAP significance to those lines).

I chose to send these messages to standard error, because they are,
well, errors.  TAP only cares about stdout, but by aborting the test
script in BUG(), error() or die() we are already violating TAP anyway,
so I don't think it matters whether we send "bug in test script" or
"FATAL" errors to stdout or stderr.

BTW, TAP understands "Bail out!" as bail out from the _entire_ test
suite, but that's not what we want here, I'd think.

https://testanything.org/tap-specification.html#bail-out