Tests with compilation errors

Gintautas Miliauskas gintautas.miliauskas at gmail.com
Thu Oct 30 11:48:32 UTC 2014

Going through some validate.sh results, I found compilation errors due to
missing libraries, like this one:

=====> stm052(normal) 4088 of 4108 [0, 21, 0]
cd ../../libraries/stm/tests &&
'C:/msys64/home/Gintas/ghc/bindisttest/install   dir/bin/ghc.exe'
-fforce-recomp -dcore-lint -dcmm-lint -dno-debug-output -no-user-package-db
s -fno-warn-tabs -fno-ghci-history -o stm052 stm052.hs  -package stm
 >stm052.comp.stderr 2>&1
Compile failed (status 256) errors were:

    Could not find module ‘System.Random’
    Use -v to see a list of the files searched for.

I was surprised to see that these are not listed in the test summary at the
end of the test run, but only counted towards the "X had missing libraries"
row. That setup makes it really easy to miss them, and I can't think of a
good reason to sweep such tests under the rug; a broken test is a failing

How about at least listing such failed tests in the list of failed tests of
the end?

At least in this case the error does not seem to be due to some missing
external dependencies (which probably would not be a great idea anyway...).
The test does pass if I remove the "-no-user-package-db" argument. What was
the intention here? Does packaging work somehow differently on Linux? (I'm
currently testing on Windows.)

On a related note, how about separating test failures from failing
performance tests ("stat too good" / "stat not good enough")? The latter
are important, but they seem to be much more prone to fail without good
reason. Perhaps do some color coding of the test runner output? That would
also help.

Gintautas Miliauskas
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