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api-sanity-checker - an automatic generator of basic unit tests for a C/C++

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NAME

api-sanity-checker - an automatic generator of basic unit tests for a C/C++ library API.

DESCRIPTION

NAME:

API Sanity Checker (api-sanity-checker) Generate basic unit tests for a C/C++ library API

DESCRIPTION:

API Sanity Checker is an automatic generator of basic unit tests for a C/C++ library. It helps to quickly generate simple ("sanity" or "shallow" quality) tests for every function in an API using their signatures, data type definitions and relationships between functions straight from the library header files ("Header-Driven Generation"). Each test case contains a function call with reasonable (in most, but unfortunately not all, cases) input parameters. The quality of generated tests allows one to check absence of critical errors in simple use cases and can be greatly improved by involving of highly reusable specialized types for the library.
The tool can execute generated tests and detect crashes, aborts, all kinds of emitted signals, non-zero program return code, program hanging and requirement failures (if specified). The tool can be considered as a tool for out-of-box low-cost sanity checking of library API or as a test development framework for initial generation of templates for advanced tests. Also it supports universal Template2Code format of tests, splint specifications, random test generation mode and other useful features.
This tool is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU LGPL or GNU GPL.

USAGE:

api-sanity-checker [options]

EXAMPLE:

api-sanity-checker -lib NAME -d VER.xml -gen -build -run
VERSION.xml is XML-descriptor:
<version>
1.0
</version>
<headers>
/path1/to/header(s)/ /path2/to/header(s)/
...
</headers>
<libs>
/path1/to/library(ies)/ /path2/to/library(ies)/
...
</libs>

INFORMATION OPTIONS:

-h|-help
Print this help.
-info
Print complete info.
-v|-version
Print version information.
-dumpversion
Print the tool version (1.98.7) and don't do anything else.

GENERAL OPTIONS:

-l|-lib|-library NAME
Library name (without version).
-d|-descriptor PATH
Path to the library descriptor (VER.xml file):
<version>
1.0
</version>
<headers>
/path1/to/header(s)/ /path2/to/header(s)/ ...
</headers>
<libs>
/path1/to/library(ies)/ /path2/to/library(ies)/ ...
</libs>
For more information, please see:
http://lvc.github.com/api-sanity-checker/Xml-Descriptor.html
-gen|-generate
Generate test(s). Options -l and -d should be specified. To generate test for the particular function use it with -f option. Exit code: number of test cases failed to build.
-build|-make
Build test(s). Options -l and -d should be specified. To build test for the particular function use it with -f option. Exit code: number of test cases failed to generate.
-run
Run test(s), create test report. Options -l and -d should be specified. To run test for the particular function use it with -f option. Exit code: number of failed test cases.
-clean
Clean test(s). Options -l and -d should be specified. To clean test for the particular function use it with -f option.

EXTRA OPTIONS:

-vnum NUM
Specify library version outside the descriptor.
-s|-symbol NAME
Generate/Build/Run test for the specified function (mangled name in C++).
-symbols-list PATH
This option allows one to specify a file with a list of functions (one per line, mangled name in C++) that should be tested, other library functions will not be tested.
-header NAME
This option allows one to restrict a list of functions that should be tested by providing a header file name in which they are declared. This option is intended for step-by-step tests development.
-all
Generate tests for all symbols recursively included in header file(s).
-xvfb
Use Xvfb-server instead of current X-server (default) for running tests.
-t2c|-template2code
Generate tests in the universal Template2Code format. For more information, please see:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/template2code/
-strict-gen
Terminate the process of generating tests and return error code '1' if cannot generate at least one test case.
-strict-build
Terminate the process of building tesst and return error code '1' if cannot build at least one test case.
-strict-run
Terminate the process of running tests and return error code '1' if at least one test case failed.
-strict
This option enables all -strict-* options.
-r|-random
Random test generation mode.
-min
Generate minimun code, call functions with minimum number of parameters to initialize parameters of other functions.
-max
Generate maximum code, call functions with maximum number of parameters to initialize parameters of other functions.
-show-retval
Show the function return type in the report.
-check-retval
Insert requirements on return values (retval!=NULL) for each called function.
-st|-specialized-types PATH
Path to the file with the collection of specialized types. For more information, please see:
http://lvc.github.com/api-sanity-checker/Specialized-Type.html
-td|-test-data PATH
Path to the directory with the test data files. For more information, please see:
http://lvc.github.com/api-sanity-checker/Specialized-Type.html
-headers-only
If the library consists of inline functions only and has no shared objects then you should specify this option.
-no-inline
Don't generate tests for inline functions.
-keep-internal
Generate tests for internal symbols (functions with '__' prefix and methods of classes declared inside other classes).
-isolated
Allow one to restrict functions usage by the lists specified by the -functions-list option or by the group devision in the descriptor.
-view-only
Remove all files from the test suite except *.html files. This option allows one to create a lightweight html-index for all tests.
-disable-default-values
Disable usage of default values for function parameters.
-optimize-includes LEVEL
Enable optimization of the list of included headers in each test case. Available levels:
High (default) Medium Low None - disable
-p|-params PATH
Path to file with the function parameter names. It can be used for improving generated tests if the library header files don't contain parameter names. File format:
func1;param1;param2;param3 ... func2;param1;param2;param3 ... ...
-title NAME
The name of the library in the report title.
-relpath|-reldir PATH
Replace {RELPATH} in the library descriptor by PATH.
-lang LANG
Set library language (C or C++). You can use this option if the tool cannot auto-detect a language.
-target COMPILER
The compiler that should be used to build generated tests under Windows. Supported:
gcc - GNU compiler cl - MS compiler (default)
-debug
Write extended log for debugging.
-cache
Cache the ABI dump and use it on the next run.

OTHER OPTIONS:

-test
Run internal tests. Create a simple library and run the tool on it. This option allows one to check if the tool works correctly on the system.
-disable-variable-reuse
Disable reusing of previously created variables in the test.
-long-variable-names
Enable long (complex) variable names instead of short names.

EXIT CODES:

0 - Successful tests. The tool has run without any errors. non-zero - Tests failed or the tool has run with errors.

MORE INFORMATION:

http://lvc.github.com/api-sanity-checker/

AUTHOR

This manual page was written by Mathieu Malaterre <malat@debian.org> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
Written by Andrey Ponomarenko. Copyright © 2015 Andrey Ponomarenko's ABI Laboratory License: LGPL or GPL <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/> This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it.
July 2016 api-sanity-checker Sanity Checker 1.98.7