introduction to the Automated Testing Framework
The Automated Testing Framework (
) is a
collection of libraries
to implement test
programs in a variety of languages. These libraries all offer similar
functionality and any test program written with them exposes a consistent user
Test programs using the
libraries rely on
a separate runtime engine to execute them in a deterministic fashion. The
runtime engine isolates the test programs from the rest of the system and
ensures some common side-effects are cleaned up. The runtime engine is also
responsible for gathering the results of all tests and composing reports. The
current runtime of choice is Kyua, described in
If your operating systems distributes
should also provide an introductory
manual page. You are encouraged to read it now.
The rest of this manual page serves as a cross-reference to all the other
documentation shipped with
- C programming interface.
- C++ programming interface.
- Generic description of test cases, independent of the language they are
- Common interface provided by the test programs written using the
started as a Google Summer of Code 2007
project mentored by The NetBSD Foundation. Its original goal was to provide a
testing framework for the NetBSD
operating system, but
it grew as an independent project because the framework itself did not need to
be tied to a specific operating system.
shipped the collection of
libraries described in this manual page as well as a runtime engine. The
runtime engine has since been replaced by Kyua and the old tools were removed
, which shipped in early 2014.
As of late 2014, both FreeBSD
their base systems and provide extensive test suites based on it.
For more details on historical changes, refer to:
For more details on the people that made
possible, refer to: