[erlang-questions] Application dependencies in Common Test?

Roger Lipscombe roger@REDACTED
Tue May 28 17:33:43 CEST 2019

We run a bunch of system tests using Common Test, orchestrating
(currently) 9 Erlang nodes, 4 golang processes, and 4 NodeJS

Those tests (and various CT hooks) have application dependencies. For
example, we have something that uses hackney to check a web server
response, and we have something that uses cowboy to _be_ a web server,
so that we can respond to a request, and so on.

We run the tests by invoking ct_run, something like this (trimmed for size):

        ct_run -pa _build/dev/lib/*/ebin \
                -include $(abspath include) \
                -dir $(SUITES_DIR) \
                -ct_hooks $(CT_HOOKS) \
                -erl_args \
                -config sys.config \
                -s system_tests

In order to start the dependencies (hackney, cowboy, etc.), we use "-s
system_tests" (as above), where system_tests:start/0 looks like this:

    start() -> {ok, _} = application:ensure_all_started(system_tests).

...and we have system_tests.app list our dependencies.

Now (the reason I'm asking): this feels like we've unnecessarily
coupled everything to system_tests.app: if we add a new assertion or
fixture or one of our CT hooks wants to do something different, we
need to add the relevant dependency to this one place. In fact, this
one place only *exists* to list the application dependencies.

Is there a better way to do this?

Related: we've got a mixture of application env vars in the
system_tests application, and values in CT config. That feels ...
wrong as well. Any suggestions here?


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