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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: Can ant run non-JUnit tests that can produce Junit xml formatted output?
Date Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:08:04 GMT
On 2010-08-12, tabber wrote:

> 1) You suggested 'another one would be to write your own task that wraps
> the exec invocation itself.' -- I am wondering what benefit it will be to do
> this?

A nicer syntax with less potential for errors.

Contrast the completely hypothetical

         <mytests report="myfile.txt" spec="tests.spec"/>


        <exec executable="">
          <arg value="-o"/>
          <arg file="myfile.txt"/>
          <arg value="--spec"/>
          <arg file="tests.spec"/>

> 2) Currently our tests are run using a shell script on Linux/solaris boxes
> which are basically cron jobs. They dont run as soon as a build is
> completed. They run once every night on a build we assume will have been
> created by the time the cron triggers.

> If the output is not XML then can ANT understand the results at all?

It depends on what you want to do with them.

The <junitreport> task basically aggregates XML files and applies a
custom XSLT reansformation - this one expects a specific XML format.  If
the output is not XML and you want to use <junitreport>, you will need
some sort of trasnformation step inbetween - which may just be a <copy>
or <concat> with some custim filterreader logic.


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