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### Compiling/running unit tests
Unit tests will be automatically compiled if dependencies were met in `./configure`
and tests weren't explicitly disabled.
After configuring, they can be run with `make check`.
To run the bitcoind tests manually, launch `src/test/test_bitcoin`. To recompile
after a test file was modified, run `make` and then run the test again. If you
modify a non-test file, use `make -C src/test` to recompile only what's needed
to run the bitcoind tests.
To add more bitcoind tests, add `BOOST_AUTO_TEST_CASE` functions to the existing
.cpp files in the `test/` directory or add new .cpp files that
implement new BOOST_AUTO_TEST_SUITE sections.
To run the bitcoin-qt tests manually, launch `src/qt/test/test_bitcoin-qt`
To add more bitcoin-qt tests, add them to the `src/qt/test/` directory and
the `src/qt/test/test_main.cpp` file.
### Running individual tests
test_bitcoin has some built-in command-line arguments; for
example, to run just the getarg_tests verbosely:
test_bitcoin --log_level=all --run_test=getarg_tests
... or to run just the doubledash test:
test_bitcoin --run_test=getarg_tests/doubledash
Run `test_bitcoin --help` for the full list.
### Note on adding test cases
The sources in this directory are unit test cases. Boost includes a
unit testing framework, and since bitcoin already uses boost, it makes
sense to simply use this framework rather than require developers to
configure some other framework (we want as few impediments to creating
unit tests as possible).
The build system is setup to compile an executable called `test_bitcoin`
that runs all of the unit tests. The main source file is called
test_bitcoin.cpp. To add a new unit test file to our test suite you need
to add the file to `src/Makefile.test.include`. The pattern is to create
one test file for each class or source file for which you want to create
unit tests. The file naming convention is `<source_filename>_tests.cpp`
and such files should wrap their tests in a test suite
called `<source_filename>_tests`. For an example of this pattern,
examine `uint256_tests.cpp`.
For further reading, I found the following website to be helpful in
explaining how the boost unit test framework works: