[New-bugs-announce] [issue28276] test_loading.py - false positive result for "def test_find" when find_library() is not functional or the (shared) library does not exist
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Mon Sep 26 07:04:43 EDT 2016
New submission from Michael Felt:
in Lib/ctypes/test/test_loading.py there is the following test
for name in ("c", "m"):
lib = find_library(name)
1. on AIX, the test is "broken" because lib is None for both names because:
a1) find_library is basically broken for AIX (needs ldconfig, gcc, and/or other tools not generally available on AIX (production) servers
a2) "m" will always fail because there is no equivalent to libm.so - AIX libm.a only has static members - none are shared.
2. IMHO - the test is misnamed "test_find" - as None is an acceptable answer - which is why it 'appears' to PASS on AIX
As far as library names to look for I suggest switching "m" to "ssl" - as something that should be everywhere.
And the test should be something more like:
self.assertEqual(lib not None)
OR is the test actually testing LoadLibrary and CDLL (as well)
Back to my humble opinion: assuming the real test is to test LoadLibrary and CDLL by accepting None as a valid result from find_library - false POSITIVE is the result when find_library() is not working.
title: test_loading.py - false positive result for "def test_find" when find_library() is not functional or the (shared) library does not exist
versions: Python 2.7, Python 3.3, Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 3.6, Python 3.7
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