Re: g_assert_handler for unit-tests

Hi Michael,

I am aware that the the g_return_if_fail() macros log the failed tests like
g_assert() does. In combination with the fatal_mask the same behaviour as the
asserts can be enforced.
But all of this does not change the situation of the problem. The unit test
cannot check wheter the error is handled correctly. Functions that return
something can be checked a little (the should return e.g. NULL), but what about
void functions?

convince me more ;-)


Michael Natterer wrote:
> Stefan Kost <kost imn htwk-leipzig de> writes:
>>hi hi,
>>we extensivly use g_assert() as API precondition checks in our project. Further
>>we have a bunch of unit tests based on check [1].
>>When one writes unit tests this included trying to misuse the API (e.g. passing
>>NULL pointers and the like). Now if there api entry that is checked is still
>>buggy, the tessts e.g. crash and therewith the unit-testing framework considers
>>this as a failed test. When the developer now fix the function by assing some
>>g_asserts() the unit test still fails, as the programm now exits().
>>Next I would like to outline a solution for the probelm. I don't have commit
>>regith to gnome CVS, so if there is agreement I will also provide a patch for it.
>>As a solution I suggest to introduce a g_assert_handler(). The default
>>g_assert_handler will call exit() and will be installed by  glib on init().
>>An application could then use a new API entry g_set_assert_handler() to install
>>a new handler and to store the old handle so that later it can be restored.
>>The assert_handler gets
>>a) the log-message as the only argument
>>b) file,line,func,expr,... as separate args.
>>In the unit test we could install our own assert-handler. That even allows to
>>verify wheter the tested module has handled the wrong arg (by checking func).
>>What do you thing about it? Is it all nonsesnse and is there an easier way? How
>>do you handle such things?
> Just don't use g_assert() for precondition checks.
> Use g_return_[val_]_if_fail() instead and control the fatality of
> the warnings it issues with g_log_set_fatal_mask() or
> g_log_set_always_fatal().
> Also look at gmessages.h to see how to install log handlers for
> messages of any severity.
> ciao,
> --mitch

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