Google Summer of Code Test Suite project
fgouget at free.fr
Thu Mar 20 06:00:34 CDT 2008
On Wed, 19 Mar 2008, Austin English wrote:
> Using a program like AutoHotkey to install a program and test its
> features would be a better route IMHO.
I agree but I'm not sure AutoHotKey is quite ready yet. But I think that
getting a robust graphical testing environment would be hugely
beneficial for Wine.
There are a couple of options to get there:
It has tools to record and replay clicks.
One big drawback is that in its current form it is very Unixy, that
is you need bash and VNC in order to record an application
installation. This prevents running it on Windows which is really
needed imho. On the other hand it can handle both Unix and Windows
scripting. It is also missing support for some things like menus and
However it has a great backend for automating and reporting the
tests, identifying known issues and automatically grouping them
It runs on Windows and has a very nice 'record' feature: you can
start it in record mode, install your application, stop the recording
and presto, you have a script ready to replay. However it generates
scripts that are coordinates based (i.e. left-click at 123x456),
rather than 'controls' based (i.e. left-click on the 'Ok' button in
the 'Step 3 windows'). That worries me as I'm not convinced these
coordinates will match well when the application is run in Wine
(potential font issues). I suspect that even on Windows there could
be issues if the user changes the font size, DPI or stuff like that.
However I don't know how commercial graphical regression testing
tools handle that so maybe it's not such a big issue.
Also AutoHotKey has not yet been integrated in a framework with a
So one thing that would be very good for Wine would be to improve
AutoHotKey so it really does all that we need. It should be good enough
that open-source projects would want to use it for their own regression
testing on Windows, so that we would just reuse their scripts. However I
don't know if it's suitable for a GSoC project. Also it may be more of
an AutoHotKey GSoC than a Wine one.
Francois Gouget <fgouget at free.fr> http://fgouget.free.fr/
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