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How do we test a Puppy or distro?
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Volhout


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PostPosted: Tue 19 Nov 2013, 05:45    Post subject: testing  

It is a good start to automate testing as much as possible, so a script file to check for missing libraries (dependencies) is perfect. But I recall something like that is already in Puppy (I've seen it in a menu somewhere).

The real test is the "user test". That is something you cannot capture in a script. What do users do? Except for using the distribution as designed, they basically make every fault there is to make, and they combine features that are not intended to be combined.

A good start would be to as developers responsible for specific area's to write down what they do to test validity of their creations (i. e. Zigbert, rcscn51...), put that (for a start) in a extend-able list, and let it grow through time with entries from end other testers.

Some maintenance (responsible person) may be needed.

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Nov 2013, 15:48    Post subject: Re: testing  

Volhout wrote:
It is a good start to automate testing as much as possible, so a script file to check for missing libraries (dependencies) is perfect. But I recall something like that is already in Puppy (I've seen it in a menu somewhere).(...)

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Hello, Volhout.

Yes, ldd can be activated from the menu, but it will test only one particular
program. If you test per program, you may get an incomplete picture. My
scripts are designed to give a general picture for the entire distro.

I agree that users will combine all sorts of programs and report all sorts
of errors the dev never thought possible.

Nevertheless, I think it is wiser -- and better for the reputation of the
distro -- to test as thoroughly as possible. Some users will never report
an error, they'll just throw the CD in the trash bin and try another until
they find one that works completely. More importantly, they'll say to
their friends: "Oh, don't use that distro, it has errors." It may be untrue,
perhaps the user is overly clumsy, but (s)he'll say "errors" anyway.

Best regards.

musher0

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