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From Donald Woods <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] refactor @AllowFailure
Date Mon, 06 Apr 2009 16:23:49 GMT
I would rather see us use a Junit v4 annotation like @Ignore as provided 
via OPENJPA-998 (which just needs someone to review and commit it...)

  * Signals to the harness to ignore the annotated test.
@Target({TYPE, METHOD})
public @interface Ignore {
     boolean value() default true;
     String message() default "";

After the above is added, the @AllowFailure support can be removed and 
the updated to look for @Ignore by default.


Michael Dick wrote:
> Hi all,
> The AllowFailure annotation is very useful in that it allows specific test
> methods to be ignored during a typical Maven build.
> The implementation, however is rather confusing as a "clean" build of
> OpenJPA will typically contain several stack traces from exceptions. Running
> these optional tests that currently do not pass just consumes CPU cycles
> that could be better spent elsewhere.
> I propose refactoring @AllowFailure to be called @OptionalTest (or just
> @Optional) and updating the supporting methods in PersistenceTestCase so
> that test methods (or classes) annotated with @OptionalTest are skipped
> unless a jvm system property is true (ie -Dopenjpa.optional.tests=true).
> I think this will save everyone's CPU cycles without violating the intent of
> @AllowFailure. In addition with this change we could resurrect the changes
> for OPENJPA-770 and we could clean up the root pom.xml a bit.
> Anyone else have strong opinions about @AllowFailure?
> -mike

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