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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: Verify Install
Date Fri, 15 Oct 2010 18:57:09 GMT
On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 2:50 PM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm trying to make the CouchDB first run experience a little smoother,
> here's what I got today:
> A common first-run scenario is:
> 1. Install CouchDB
> 2. Run the test suite to verify your installation
> 3. Profit.
> Step 2. can prove tricky. The Futon Test Suite isn't really designed to
> "verify an installation". It is designed to fully exercise the HTTP API
> and test some internal behaviour.
> I propose to add a new menu item to Futon: "Verify Install" which links
> to a page that has a minified test runner and includes a tiny subset of
> the test suite, just enough to verify CouchDB works as expected.
> To start, I limited the tests to creating a database, adding, updating
> and deleting documents as well as exercising the JavaScript query
> server by running a temporary view as well as a small local to local
> replication. I'm sure there's a few more things we want to test, but
> I wanted to get this out early.
> Right now it just throws the JS exceptions, but I hope we can beef up
> the mini runner to make sensible suggestions about what could be
> wrong with an installation. Say the view query fails, we could point
> users to resources on how to fix that.
> The code lives here:
> See the commit here:
> --
> What do you think?
> Cheers
> Jan
> --

I think this is definitely a good idea. So much so that I think we
should consider replacing the entire Futon test suite with something
like this. Tests in Futon that are asserting core functionality should
be part of the build system test suite.

Paul Davis

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