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PROVE(1)		       User Contributed Perl Documentation			 PROVE(1)

NAME
       prove - Run tests through a TAP harness.

USAGE
	prove [options] [files or directories]

OPTIONS
       Boolean options:

	-v,  --verbose	       Print all test lines.
	-l,  --lib	       Add 'lib' to the path for your tests (-Ilib).
	-b,  --blib	       Add 'blib/lib' and 'blib/arch' to the path for
			       your tests
	-s,  --shuffle	       Run the tests in random order.
	-c,  --color	       Colored test output (default).
	     --nocolor	       Do not color test output.
	     --count	       Show the X/Y test count when not verbose
			       (default)
	     --nocount	       Disable the X/Y test count.
	-D   --dry	       Dry run. Show test that would have run.
	-f,  --failures        Show failed tests.
	-o,  --comments        Show comments.
	     --ignore-exit     Ignore exit status from test scripts.
	-m,  --merge	       Merge test scripts' STDERR with their STDOUT.
	-r,  --recurse	       Recursively descend into directories.
	     --reverse	       Run the tests in reverse order.
	-q,  --quiet	       Suppress some test output while running tests.
	-Q,  --QUIET	       Only print summary results.
	-p,  --parse	       Show full list of TAP parse errors, if any.
	     --directives      Only show results with TODO or SKIP directives.
	     --timer	       Print elapsed time after each test.
	     --trap	       Trap Ctrl-C and print summary on interrupt.
	     --normalize       Normalize TAP output in verbose output
	-T		       Enable tainting checks.
	-t		       Enable tainting warnings.
	-W		       Enable fatal warnings.
	-w		       Enable warnings.
	-h,  --help	       Display this help
	-?,		       Display this help
	-H,  --man	       Longer manpage for prove
	     --norc	       Don't process default .proverc

       Options that take arguments:

	-I		       Library paths to include.
	-P		       Load plugin (searches App::Prove::Plugin::*.)
	-M		       Load a module.
	-e,  --exec	       Interpreter to run the tests ('' for compiled
			       tests.)
	     --ext	       Set the extension for tests (default '.t')
	     --harness	       Define test harness to use.  See TAP::Harness.
	     --formatter       Result formatter to use. See FORMATTERS.
	     --source	       Load and/or configure a SourceHandler. See
			       SOURCE HANDLERS.
	-a,  --archive out.tgz Store the resulting TAP in an archive file.
	-j,  --jobs N	       Run N test jobs in parallel (try 9.)
	     --state=opts      Control prove's persistent state.
	     --rc=rcfile       Process options from rcfile
	     --rules	       Rules for parallel vs sequential processing.

NOTES
   .proverc
       If ~/.proverc or ./.proverc exist they will be read and any options they contain processed
       before the command line options. Options in .proverc are specified in the same way as
       command line options:

	   # .proverc
	   --state=hot,fast,save
	   -j9

       Additional option files may be specified with the "--rc" option.  Default option file
       processing is disabled by the "--norc" option.

       Under Windows and VMS the option file is named _proverc rather than .proverc and is sought
       only in the current directory.

   Reading from "STDIN"
       If you have a list of tests (or URLs, or anything else you want to test) in a file, you
       can add them to your tests by using a '-':

	prove - < my_list_of_things_to_test.txt

       See the "README" in the "examples" directory of this distribution.

   Default Test Directory
       If no files or directories are supplied, "prove" looks for all files matching the pattern
       "t/*.t".

   Colored Test Output
       Colored test output is the default, but if output is not to a terminal, color is disabled.
       You can override this by adding the "--color" switch.

       Color support requires Term::ANSIColor on Unix-like platforms and Win32::Console windows.
       If the necessary module is not installed colored output will not be available.

   Exit Code
       If the tests fail "prove" will exit with non-zero status.

   Arguments to Tests
       It is possible to supply arguments to tests. To do so separate them from prove's own
       arguments with the arisdottle, '::'. For example

	prove -v t/mytest.t :: --url http://example.com

       would run t/mytest.t with the options '--url http://example.com'.  When running multiple
       tests they will each receive the same arguments.

   "--exec"
       Normally you can just pass a list of Perl tests and the harness will know how to execute
       them.  However, if your tests are not written in Perl or if you want all tests invoked
       exactly the same way, use the "-e", or "--exec" switch:

	prove --exec '/usr/bin/ruby -w' t/
	prove --exec '/usr/bin/perl -Tw -mstrict -Ilib' t/
	prove --exec '/path/to/my/customer/exec'

   "--merge"
       If you need to make sure your diagnostics are displayed in the correct order relative to
       test results you can use the "--merge" option to merge the test scripts' STDERR into their
       STDOUT.

       This guarantees that STDOUT (where the test results appear) and STDERR (where the
       diagnostics appear) will stay in sync. The harness will display any diagnostics your tests
       emit on STDERR.

       Caveat: this is a bit of a kludge. In particular note that if anything that appears on
       STDERR looks like a test result the test harness will get confused. Use this option only
       if you understand the consequences and can live with the risk.

   "--trap"
       The "--trap" option will attempt to trap SIGINT (Ctrl-C) during a test run and display the
       test summary even if the run is interrupted

   "--state"
       You can ask "prove" to remember the state of previous test runs and select and/or order
       the tests to be run based on that saved state.

       The "--state" switch requires an argument which must be a comma separated list of one or
       more of the following options.

       "last"
	   Run the same tests as the last time the state was saved. This makes it possible, for
	   example, to recreate the ordering of a shuffled test.

	       # Run all tests in random order
	       $ prove -b --state=save --shuffle

	       # Run them again in the same order
	       $ prove -b --state=last

       "failed"
	   Run only the tests that failed on the last run.

	       # Run all tests
	       $ prove -b --state=save

	       # Run failures
	       $ prove -b --state=failed

	   If you also specify the "save" option newly passing tests will be excluded from
	   subsequent runs.

	       # Repeat until no more failures
	       $ prove -b --state=failed,save

       "passed"
	   Run only the passed tests from last time. Useful to make sure that no new problems
	   have been introduced.

       "all"
	   Run all tests in normal order. Multple options may be specified, so to run all tests
	   with the failures from last time first:

	       $ prove -b --state=failed,all,save

       "hot"
	   Run the tests that most recently failed first. The last failure time of each test is
	   stored. The "hot" option causes tests to be run in most-recent- failure order.

	       $ prove -b --state=hot,save

	   Tests that have never failed will not be selected. To run all tests with the most
	   recently failed first use

	       $ prove -b --state=hot,all,save

	   This combination of options may also be specified thus

	       $ prove -b --state=adrian

       "todo"
	   Run any tests with todos.

       "slow"
	   Run the tests in slowest to fastest order. This is useful in conjunction with the "-j"
	   parallel testing switch to ensure that your slowest tests start running first.

	       $ prove -b --state=slow -j9

       "fast"
	   Run test tests in fastest to slowest order.

       "new"
	   Run the tests in newest to oldest order based on the modification times of the test
	   scripts.

       "old"
	   Run the tests in oldest to newest order.

       "fresh"
	   Run those test scripts that have been modified since the last test run.

       "save"
	   Save the state on exit. The state is stored in a file called .prove (_prove on Windows
	   and VMS) in the current directory.

       The "--state" switch may be used more than once.

	   $ prove -b --state=hot --state=all,save

   --rules
       The "--rules" option is used to control which tests are run sequentially and which are run
       in parallel, if the "--jobs" option is specified. The option may be specified multiple
       times, and the order matters.

       The most practical use is likely to specify that some tests are not "parallel-ready".
       Since mentioning a file with --rules doens't cause it to selected to run as a test, you
       can "set and forget" some rules preferences in your .proverc file. Then you'll be able to
       take maximum advantage of the performance benefits of parallel testing, while some
       exceptions are still run in parallel.

       --rules examples

	   # All tests are allowed to run in parallel, except those starting with "p"
	   --rules='seq=t/p*.t' --rules='par=**'

	   # All tests must run in sequence except those starting with "p", which should be run parallel
	   --rules='par=t/p*.t'

       --rules resolution

       o   By default, all tests are eligible to be run in parallel. Specifying any of your own
	   rules removes this one.

       o   "First match wins". The first rule that matches a test will be the one that applies.

       o   Any test which does not match a rule will be run in sequence at the end of the run.

       o   The existence of a rule does not imply selecting a test. You must still specify the
	   tests to run.

       o   Specifying a rule to allow tests to run in parallel does not make the run in parallel.
	   You still need specify the number of parallel "jobs" in your Harness object.

       --rules Glob-style pattern matching

       We implement our own glob-style pattern matching for --rules. Here are the supported
       patterns:

	   ** is any number of characters, including /, within a pathname
	   * is zero or more characters within a filename/directory name
	   ? is exactly one character within a filename/directory name
	   {foo,bar,baz} is any of foo, bar or baz.
	   \ is an escape character

       More advance specifications for parallel vs sequence run rules

       If you need more advanced management of what runs in parallel vs in sequence, see the
       associated 'rules' documentation in TAP::Harness and TAP::Parser::Scheduler.  If what's
       possible directly through "prove" is not sufficient, you can write your own harness to
       access these features directly.

   @INC
       prove introduces a separation between "options passed to the perl which runs prove" and
       "options passed to the perl which runs tests"; this distinction is by design. Thus the
       perl which is running a test starts with the default @INC. Additional library directories
       can be added via the "PERL5LIB" environment variable, via -Ifoo in "PERL5OPT" or via the
       "-Ilib" option to prove.

   Taint Mode
       Normally when a Perl program is run in taint mode the contents of the "PERL5LIB"
       environment variable do not appear in @INC.

       Because "PERL5LIB" is often used during testing to add build directories to @INC prove
       passes the names of any directories found in "PERL5LIB" as -I switches. The net effect of
       this is that "PERL5LIB" is honoured even when prove is run in taint mode.

FORMATTERS
       You can load a custom TAP::Parser::Formatter:

	 prove --formatter MyFormatter

SOURCE HANDLERS
       You can load custom TAP::Parser::SourceHandlers, to change the way the parser interprets
       particular sources of TAP.

	 prove --source MyHandler --source YetAnother t

       If you want to provide config to the source you can use:

	 prove --source MyCustom \
	       --source Perl --perl-option 'foo=bar baz' --perl-option avg=0.278 \
	       --source File --file-option extensions=.txt --file-option extensions=.tmp t
	       --source pgTAP --pgtap-option pset=format=html --pgtap-option pset=border=2

       Each "--$source-option" option must specify a key/value pair separated by an "=". If an
       option can take multiple values, just specify it multiple times, as with the "extensions="
       examples above. If the option should be a hash reference, specify the value as a second
       pair separated by a "=", as in the "pset=" examples above (escape "=" with a backslash).

       All "--sources" are combined into a hash, and passed to "new" in TAP::Harness's "sources"
       parameter.

       See TAP::Parser::IteratorFactory for more details on how configuration is passed to
       SourceHandlers.

PLUGINS
       Plugins can be loaded using the "-Pplugin" syntax, eg:

	 prove -PMyPlugin

       This will search for a module named "App::Prove::Plugin::MyPlugin", or failing that,
       "MyPlugin".  If the plugin can't be found, "prove" will complain & exit.

       You can pass arguments to your plugin by appending "=arg1,arg2,etc" to the plugin name:

	 prove -PMyPlugin=fou,du,fafa

       Please check individual plugin documentation for more details.

   Available Plugins
       For an up-to-date list of plugins available, please check CPAN:

       <http://search.cpan.org/search?query=App%3A%3AProve+Plugin>

   Writing Plugins
       Please see "PLUGINS" in App::Prove.

POD ERRORS
       Hey! The above document had some coding errors, which are explained below:

       Around line 291:
	   Unknown directive: =over4

       Around line 293:
	   '=item' outside of any '=over'

perl v5.16.3				    2013-05-02					 PROVE(1)
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