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Florian Ragwitz
October 3, 2010 23:10
Re: Test counts
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Jesse Vincent <> writes:

> On Sun  5.Sep'10 at 14:27:17 -0700, Father Chrysostomos wrote:
>> Currently, if a patch adjusts a test count, it’s very likely going to
>> conflict with any other patch modifying the same test file.
>> There’s a test-counting technique I came up with, which I think I
>> first used in CSS::DOM. It is to put an entry in %INC and create a
>> tests::VERSION sub so that one can write
>>   use tests 2;
>> before a block containing 2 tests. Then a CHECK routine calls plan()
>> with the number of tests that has accumulated.
>> Would it be good to add something like this to, or are we
>> trying to avoid using too many Perl features in that script?
> I believe that done_testing, backported from Test::More accomplishes
> this goal with less magic. Is that right?

It achieves not having to maintain a global test count per file. It
doesn't allow declaring plans for just chunks of your test and having
them magically added up.

subtests with explicit tests would be more like what was being
suggested, and I'd like to see that being ported to

Until that happens, I believe done_testing is a very good alternative.

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