prove [options] [files or directories]
-v, --verbose Print all test lines. -l, --lib Add 'lib' to the path for your tests (-Ilib). -b, --blib Add 'blib/lib' and 'blib/arch' to the path for your tests -s, --shuffle Run the tests in random order. -c, --color Colored test output (default). --nocolor Do not color test output. --count Show the X/Y test count when not verbose (default) --nocount Disable the X/Y test count. -D --dry Dry run. Show test that would have run. --ext Set the extension for tests (default '.t') -f, --failures Show failed tests. -o, --comments Show comments. --fork Fork to run harness in multiple processes. --ignore-exit Ignore exit status from test scripts. -m, --merge Merge test scripts' STDERR with their STDOUT. -r, --recurse Recursively descend into directories. --reverse Run the tests in reverse order. -q, --quiet Suppress some test output while running tests. -Q, --QUIET Only print summary results. -p, --parse Show full list of TAP parse errors, if any. --directives Only show results with TODO or SKIP directives. --timer Print elapsed time after each test. --normalize Normalize TAP output in verbose output -T Enable tainting checks. -t Enable tainting warnings. -W Enable fatal warnings. -w Enable warnings. -h, --help Display this help -?, Display this help -H, --man Longer manpage for prove --norc Don't process default .proverc
Options that take arguments:
-I Library paths to include. -P Load plugin (searches App::Prove::Plugin::*.) -M Load a module. -e, --exec Interpreter to run the tests ('' for compiled tests.) --harness Define test harness to use. See TAP::Harness. --formatter Result formatter to use. See TAP::Harness. -a, --archive Store the resulting TAP in an archive file. -j, --jobs N Run N test jobs in parallel (try 9.) --state=opts Control prove's persistent state. --rc=rcfile Process options from rcfile
# .proverc --state=hot,fast,save -j9 --fork
Additional option files may be specified with the "--rc" option. Default option file processing is disabled by the "--norc" option.
Under Windows and VMS the option file is named _proverc rather than .proverc and is sought only in the current directory.
prove - < my_list_of_things_to_test.txt
See the "README" in the "examples" directory of this distribution.
Color support requires Term::ANSIColor on Unix-like platforms and Win32::Console windows. If the necessary module is not installed colored output will not be available.
prove -v t/mytest.t :: --url http://example.com
would run t/mytest.t with the options '--url http://example.com'. When running multiple tests they will each receive the same arguments.
prove --exec '/usr/bin/ruby -w' t/ prove --exec '/usr/bin/perl -Tw -mstrict -Ilib' t/ prove --exec '/path/to/my/customer/exec'
This guarantees that STDOUT (where the test results appear) and STDOUT (where the diagnostics appear) will stay in sync. The harness will display any diagnostics your tests emit on STDERR.
Caveat: this is a bit of a kludge. In particular note that if anything that appears on STDERR looks like a test result the test harness will get confused. Use this option only if you understand the consequences and can live with the risk.
The "--state" switch requires an argument which must be a comma separated list of one or more of the following options.
# Run all tests in random order $ prove -b --state=save --shuffle # Run them again in the same order $ prove -b --state=last
# Run all tests $ prove -b --state=save # Run failures $ prove -b --state=failed
If you also specify the "save" option newly passing tests will be excluded from subsequent runs.
# Repeat until no more failures $ prove -b --state=failed,save
$ prove -b --state=failed,all,save
$ prove -b --state=hot,save
Tests that have never failed will not be selected. To run all tests with the most recently failed first use
$ prove -b --state=hot,all,save
This combination of options may also be specified thus
$ prove -b --state=adrian
$ prove -b --state=slow -j9
The "--state" switch may be used more than once.
$ prove -b --state=hot --state=all,save
Because "PERL5LIB" is often used during testing to add build directories to @INC prove (actually TAP::Parser::Source::Perl) passes the names of any directories found in "PERL5LIB" as -I switches. The net effect of this is that "PERL5LIB" is honoured even when prove is run in taint mode.
This will search for a module named "App::Prove::Plugin::MyPlugin", or failing that, "MyPlugin". If the plugin can't be found, "prove" will complain & exit.
You can pass arguments to your plugin by appending "=arg1,arg2,etc" to the plugin name:
Please check individual plugin documentation for more details.