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aesubunit − run SubUnit tests


aesubunit [ option... ] filename...
aesubunit -Help
aesubunit -VERSion


The aesubunit command is used to invoke tests via the http://- unit testing interface.

The shape of the external unittest should not need to be known a-priori.

After the test has run, tests should still exist as discrete objects, so that anything taking a reference to them doesn’t get 50 copies of the same object.

The aesubunit command may be used to replace the

test_command or batch_test_command fields of the project configuration file.

Control Protocol
The results of the test are obtained by examining the standard output of the tests as they run. The text is meant to be human readable, so that tests may run stand-alone.

Tests should ideally print a header of the form

test: test label
testing: test label

A successful test will produce lines of the form

successful test label
successful: test label

A test failure will produce text of the form

failure test label failure: test label failure test label [ ] failure: test label [ ]

The square brackets indicate text which may describe the test in more detail. It will be printed on the standartd output by the aesubunit program.

A test which produces no result (neither succes nor failure) uses the following forms

error: test label error: test label [ ]

In general, unexpected output from the test will be sent through to the aesubunit standard output.

If a subunit test terminates with an exit status other than zero, this is taken to be a no result indication for that test.


The following options are understood:


This option may be useed to specify that a batch test should be performed, and produce results in the appropriate form.

-Change number

This option may be used to specify a particular change within a project. See aegis(1) for a complete description of this option.

-Project name

This option may be used to select the project of interest. When no -Project option is specified, the AEGIS_PROJECT environment variable is consulted. If that does not exist, the user’s $HOME/.aegisrc file is examined for a default project field (see aeuconf(5) for more information). If that does not exist, when the user is only working on changes within a single project, the project name defaults to that project. Otherwise, it is an error.


This option may be used to obtain more information about how to use the aesubunit program.

See also aegis(1) for options common to all aegis commands.

All options may be abbreviated; the abbreviation is documented as the upper case letters, all lower case letters and underscores (_) are optional. You must use consecutive sequences of optional letters.

All options are case insensitive, you may type them in upper case or lower case or a combination of both, case is not important.

For example: the arguments "-project, "-PROJ" and "-p" are all interpreted to mean the -Project option. The argument "-prj" will not be understood, because consecutive optional characters were not supplied.

Options and other command line arguments may be mixed arbitrarily on the command line, after the function selectors.

The GNU long option names are understood. Since all option names for aesubunit are long, this means ignoring the extra leading ’-’. The "--option=value" convention is also understood.


The aesubunit command will exit with a status of 1 on any error. The aesubunit command will only exit with a status of 0 if there are no errors.


See aegis(1) for a list of environment variables which may affect this command. See aepconf(5) for the project configuration file’s project_specific field for how to set environment variables for all commands executed by Aegis.


aesubunit version 4.24.D001
Copyright (C) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Peter Miller

The aesubunit program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use the ’aesubunit -VERSion License’ command. This is free software and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; for details use the ’aesubunit -VERSion License’ command.