Appinstall testing guide up on the wiki

Austin English austinenglish at
Sat Aug 15 13:58:44 CDT 2009

Howdy all,

James asked me to put up a guide for testing applications with
Appinstall. It's on the wiki (which seems to be down at the moment) at
http:/ I had a couple people read
over it to make sure I didn't miss anything obvious (or omit stuff
that seems obvious to me). If you've got a few minutes and want to
write a test for your favorite downloadable application, give it a
try. AutoHotKey is pretty simple to pick up, and basic tests (e.g.,
making sure app launches and doesn't crash) is pretty simple to write.
Send me your tests and I'll add them to the test suite.

If anything in the guide is unclear, please let me know and I'll
update it. If everything looks good, I'll e-mail wine-users, so users
can test their favorite apps.

For those who haven't followed, Appinstall is my Summer of Code
project to automate application testing using AutoHotKey + a wrapper
shell script.

It handles the process of automatically downloading, running,
verifying and testing various applications under Wine, against
previously verified Windows behavior. It can test for regressions of
popular applications/features, as well as making sure bugs aren't
subtly fixed. The wrapper script handles fresh WINEPREFIX's,
winetricks dependencies, timeouts of runaway/hung tests, and parsing
of the output logs.

Source is at


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