[New-bugs-announce] [issue3758] "make check" suggest a testing target under GNU coding standards
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Tue Sep 2 15:34:09 CEST 2008
New submission from Ralph Corderoy <ralph-pythonbugs at inputplus.co.uk>:
A new target, "check", has been added to Makefile for 2.6. It runs some
tests on the source code that are intended to check there's nothing
wrong before preparing a patch.
Unfortunately, GNU coding standards have cemented in many people's minds
that "check" is the target for self-tests, e.g. "make clean all check
I realise Python doesn't fall under those coding standards, but none the
less it is confusing to people to re-use a standard target name for a
different use. In the past, Python had no "check" target so people
spotted their mistake, investigated, and found the "test" target.
Please consider renaming this new "check" target, e.g. to "prepatch", to
avoid this confusion when 2.6 is released. Perhaps a "check" target can
be added as a synonym for "test" at the same time?
title: "make check" suggest a testing target under GNU coding standards
versions: Python 2.6
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