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From William A Rowe Jr <>
Subject Re: Automated tests
Date Sat, 31 Dec 2016 02:58:23 GMT
On Dec 30, 2016 14:55, "Stefan Fritsch" <> wrote:


it's quite rare that I have a bit of time for httpd nowadays. But  I want to
comment on a mail that Jacob Champion wrote on -security that contains some
valid points about the lack of our test framework. I am posting this to -dev
with his permission.

On Wednesday, 21 December 2016 08:55:30 CET Jacob Champion wrote:
> - Our APIs are really complex, and we don't really have unit tests for
> them. Nor are the internal APIs documented as well as the external APIs
> are. We had a few false starts for security fixes this release that were
> later shown to break something else, and I think that's related.

Yes, httpd lacks unit tests. One problem is that many APIs depend on very
complex structs like request_rec, conn_rec, server_conf, etc. In order to
write unit tests for such APIs, one would need to write quite a bit of
infrastructure to set these things up. I think it would be worth the effort,
but it's not a small task. As there does not seem to be anybody with enough
spare time to do it, one could possibly ask someone (CII?) for funding.

A possible approach would be to compile the unit tests in the server and
execute them on startup if a special define is given (like the various
defines). Not sure how to get access to all the static helper function for
tests, though. Unless one would somehow include the tests in the same .c

Thinking two things would help.

Splitting our functional utilities into a libaputil would make it much
easier to write the tests that exercise these elements of our code.

And what I found easiest is a dedicated module to provide diagnostics or
tests. When not loaded, they are skipped.

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