Questions about test-driven development and optparse

Hello,

I just finished the first version of a script that gathers info from
‘fail2ban.log’ [1] and displays it. I’d like to turn it into a gem.
Reading the official documentation [2] and a book that I use as a guide,
I’ve read about the importance of “writing tests”, before turning
anything into a gem.

I wonder though, what kind of test should/could I write since my script
users optparse. Expected outputs are like:

➜ f2bread git:(master) ruby f2bread.rb -l
…/…/Local/f2bread/fail2ban.log -i

Log file:
‘/Users/atma/Dropbox/Programming/Projects/Local/f2bread/fail2ban.log’

First entry: 2011-07-23 02:04:51
Last entry: 2012-07-25 15:14:47
Time frame: 1 year, 3 days and 07:09:56
Banned IPs: 1072
Countries: 70
Protocol(s): [ssh-ipfw]
Bans per day: 2.91

Most banned IP(s) by fail2ban:

IP address - Attacks

121.31.56.62 7

Most hostile Countries:

Country: Korea(South) - IP(s): 400
Country: China - IP(s): 195
Country: United_States - IP(s): 86
Country: Russian_Federation - IP(s): 36
Country: Germany - IP(s): 32

➜ f2bread git:(master) ruby f2bread.rb -l
…/…/Local/f2bread/fail2ban.log -s country -n 5
Country: Korea(South) - IP(s): 400
Country: China - IP(s): 195
Country: United_States - IP(s): 86
Country: Russian_Federation - IP(s): 36
Country: Germany - IP(s): 32

So in this scenario, does ‘testing’ have a meaning? I mean, I already
see that ‘it works’. Writing a function that will match these and other
possible outputs looks like a huge regexp hell to me or I’m getting
something wrong here.

Thanks

[1] https://github.com/atmosx/f2bread
[2] http://guides.rubygems.org/make-your-own-gem/#writing-tests

Panagiotis A.

If I were you, I wouldn’t use regexps for testing the output here.
That would imply that you’re basically only checking that the output
format is right.

You should probably take a simple, short log file, and package it with
the tests. Then run it once for each options combination you want to
test, save the output (which you have manually verified is correct),
and write a test that checks the the output still looks exactly the
same.

You could also just forget about tests here entirely. What you have
here is (when you don’t count country code list and documentation) a
100-line script that does just one thing, and you’ve already verified
it works. Tests are only useful in one case – when you are making
changes to your software and want to make sure they don’t introduce
bugs in old code.

Still, it might turn out later that you actually need to change stuff,
and then you’ll be wishing you wrote the tests earlier :frowning:

– Matma R.

Hello,

On 6 Αυγ 2012, at 20:44 , Bartosz Dziewoński [email protected]
wrote:

– Matma R.

Thanks for the info. Your idea of writing tests makes sense… I’ll give
it a try as an exercise.

Thanks!

Panagiotis A.

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