wishlist: testsuite error reporting
dimitris at microsoft.com
Mon Feb 28 12:39:30 CET 2011
Hi, when I am working on a typechecker patch and then run the testsuite, sometimes I get dozens
of error reports that look like:
It would be helpful for me to be able to quickly see in the same line, (i) which directory the
test is in, (ii) the name of the 3rd parameter of the corresponding all.T entry, and (iii) the exit
status of ghc when running that test. Something like:
FD2 (normal) (should_compile/) (compile_fail) (ghc failed)
FrozenErrorTests (normal) (should_fail/) (compile_fail) (ghc failed)
For instance, these entries tell me that a program from should_compile/ which was supposed
to fail still fails, so the problem is likely to be a shuffling in error messages. If I see an entry:
MyFile (normal) (should_compile/) (compile) (ghc failed)
then that's probably very serious.
All tests deserve attention but this extra information would help me to focus very fast on
errors that look more important first and also to navigate to these files w/o searching my
buffer to see where the file is all the time, or what are its all.T parameters.
Is this something people think is generally useful, or is it already possible, or am I talking
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