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Re: [GSoC] microporject test_path_is_*

On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 12:21:55PM +0100, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 27 2019, SZEDER Gábor wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 11:09:18AM +0100, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
> >> > There are likewise several that use one of
> >> >    ! test -e path/to/filename
> >> > or
> >> >    ! test -f path/to/filename
> >> > or
> >> >   test ! -f path/to/filename
> >> > which could be replaced by
> >> >   test_path_is_missing path/to/filename
> >>
> >> Interesting that for some we use the 'test_is_there/test_is_not_there'
> >> pattern and for others 'test_is_there [!]'. E.g
> >> test_path_exist/test_path_is_missing v.s. test_i18ngrep.
> >
> > It's unclear what the '!' should negate in case of 'test_path_is_file
> > ! file'.  What if 'file' does exists, but it's not a file but a
> > directory, socket, fifo, or symlink?  'test ! -f file' returns success
> > in these cases as well.
> >
> > OTOH, it's quite clear what the negation should mean in case of
> > 'test_i18ngrep'.
> *Should* we make it better? Yeah sure, maybe. I'm just pointing out for
> context to someone poking at this for the first time that now we
> sometimes do "! foo <arg>" v.s. "foo <arg>" as "foo_is <arg>" and
> "foo_not <arg>" and other times "foo [!] <arg>".
> So yeah, maybe we should improve things to disambiguate the cases you
> mentioned, but right now e.g. "test_path_exists" and
> "test_path_is_missing" are just "test -e" and "! test -e", respectively.

I'm not sure why 'test_path_exists' exists, as I don't readily see a
valid reason why a test should only be interested in whether the path
exists, but but not whether it's a file or a directory.  Luckily it
haven't caught on, and it's only used twice in the whole test suite.

However, as shown above, the existend of 'test_path_is_missing' is
very much justified.

> The same caveats you've mentioned also apply to "test_i18ngrep" b.t.w.,
> there we squash the 3x standard exit codes of grep[1] into a boolean,
> and thus e.g. ignore the difference between <file> not matching an
> <file> being a directory or whatever.

I'm not sure I understand, 'test_i18ngrep' handles the missing file or
not a file cases reasonably well:

  expecting success: 
          test_i18ngrep ! foo nonexistent-file
  error: bug in the test script: test_i18ngrep requires a file to read as the last parameter


  expecting success: 
          mkdir dir &&
          test_i18ngrep ! foo dir
  error: bug in the test script: test_i18ngrep requires a file to read as the last parameter

> 1. http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/009695399/utilities/grep.html