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authorModestas Vainius <>2009-06-18 02:11:45 +0300
committerModestas Vainius <>2009-06-18 02:11:45 +0300
commit962a2e10c930e3504ea1c0327be2fdf70d53023e (patch)
tree26196a25203b03818d92dd5a8ec49d2e13111675 /dh_auto_test
parent91928482af09c4ca1092f124921d0f47613c17ba (diff)
Update dh_auto documentation.
* dh_auto.pod -> dh_auto.7 - contains general information about dh_auto, its features, build systems supported by default (the latter is injected by man/dh_auto_pod script from Debian/Debhelper/Buildsystem/*.pm PODs via placeholders (#PLACEHOLDER#)) * POD in Debian/Debhelper/Buildsystem/*.pm -> dh_auto_<buildsystem>.7 - build system specific information. * dh_auto_* -> dh_auto_*.1 - relatively shorty description of the specific dh_auto_* program and build system specific info for that step injected from Debian/Debhelper/Buildsystem/*.pm with man/dh_auto_pod script. * man/dh_auto_pod $step - generates full dh_auto_$step POD (replaces placeholders). * man/dh_auto_pod - generates full dh_auto.pod (replaces placeholders). Signed-off-by: Modestas Vainius <>
Diffstat (limited to 'dh_auto_test')
1 files changed, 27 insertions, 17 deletions
diff --git a/dh_auto_test b/dh_auto_test
index e68bf09..062563f 100755
--- a/dh_auto_test
+++ b/dh_auto_test
@@ -2,7 +2,7 @@
=head1 NAME
-dh_auto_test - automatically runs a package's test suites
+dh_auto_test - run package test suites after building
@@ -11,20 +11,26 @@ use Debian::Debhelper::Dh_Buildsystems;
-B<dh_auto_test> [S<I<debhelper options>>] [S<B<--> I<params>>]
+B<dh_auto_test> [S<I<debhelper options>>] [S<I<dh_auto options>>] [S<B<--> I<params>>]
-dh_auto_test is a debhelper program that tries to automatically run a
-package's test suite. If there's a Makefile and it contains a "test"
-or "check" target, then this is done by running make (or MAKE, if the
-environment variable is set). If the test suite fails, the command will
-exit nonzero. If there's no test suite, it will exit zero without doing
+dh_auto_test is a debhelper program that is responsible for the I<test> step of
+the L<dh_auto(7)> building process. Typically, this is the point when package
+test suite is run to check if the sources were built successfully and/or
+binaries provide expected functionality. dh_auto_test will fail if test suite
+fails. However, if there's no test suite, it will exit with zero status
+without doing anything.
-This is intended to work for about 90% of packages with a test suite. If it
-doesn't work, you're encouraged to skip using dh_auto_test at all, and
-just run the test suite manually.
+If dh_auto_test does not meet your needs or does not work, it is safe to
+skip/override it entirely and just run the test suite manually.
+=head1 NOTES
+If the DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS environment variable contains "nocheck", no tests will
+be performed.
=head1 OPTIONS
@@ -37,10 +43,10 @@ or override the any standard parameters that dh_auto_test passes.
-=head1 NOTES
-If the DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS environment variable contains "nocheck", no
-tests will be performed.
@@ -53,12 +59,16 @@ buildsystems_do();
=head1 SEE ALSO
-This program is a part of debhelper.
+This program is a part of debhelper and its dh_auto package source building
-=head1 AUTHOR
+=head1 AUTHORS
-Joey Hess <>
+ Joey Hess <>
+ Modestas Vainius <>