(c) 2010 Blake Mizerany - MIT License

Spray roundup on your shells to eliminate weeds and bugs. If your shells survive roundup's deathly toxic properties, they are considered roundup-ready.

roundup reads shell scripts to form test plans. Each test plan is sourced into a sandbox where each test is executed.

See or for example test plans.


git clone
cd roundup
sudo make install
# Alternatively, copy `roundup` wherever you like.

NOTE: Because test plans are sourced into roundup, roundup prefixes its variable and function names with roundup_ to avoid name collisions. See "Sandbox Test Runs" below for more insight.


Usage and Prerequisites

Exit if any following command exits with a non-zero status.

set -e

The current version is set during make version. Do not modify this line in anyway unless you know what you're doing.


Usage is defined in a specific comment syntax. It is greped out of this file when needed (i.e. The Tomayko Method). See shocco for more detail.

#/ usage: roundup [--help|-h] [--version|-v] [plan ...]

roundup_usage() {
    grep '^#/' <"$0" | cut -c4-

while test "$#" -gt 0
    case "$1" in
            exit 0
            echo "roundup version $ROUNDUP_VERSION"
            exit 0
            echo >&2 "roundup: unknown switch $1"
            exit 1

Consider all scripts with names matching * the plans to run unless otherwise specified as arguments.

if [ "$#" -gt "0" ]
    roundup_plans="$(ls *"

: ${color:="auto"}

Create a temporary storage place for test output to be retrieved for display after failing tests.

mkdir -p $roundup_tmp

trap "rm -rf \"$roundup_tmp\"" EXIT INT

Tracing failures

roundup_trace() {

Delete the first two lines that represent roundups execution of the test function. They are useless to the user.

    sed '1d'                                   |

Trim the two left most + signs. They represent the depth at which roundup executed the function. They also, are useless and confusing.

    sed 's/^++//'                              |

Indent the output by 4 spaces to align under the test name in the summary.

    sed 's/^/    /'                            |

Highlight the last line to bring notice to where the error occurred.

    sed "\$s/\(.*\)/$mag\1$clr/"

Other helpers

Track the test stats while outputting a real-time report. This takes input on stdin. Each input line must come in the format of:

# The plan description to be displayed
d <plan description>

# A passing test
p <test name>

# A failed test
f <test name>
roundup_summarize() {
    set -e

Colors for output

Use colors if we are writing to a tty device.

    if (test -t 1) || (test $color = always)
        red=$(printf "\033[31m")
        grn=$(printf "\033[32m")
        mag=$(printf "\033[35m")
        clr=$(printf "\033[m")
        cols=$(tput cols)

Make these available to roundup_trace.

    export red grn mag clr


    : ${cols:=10}

    while read status name
        case $status in
            ntests=$(expr $ntests + 1)
            passed=$(expr $passed + 1)
            printf "  %-48s " "$name:"
            printf "$grn[PASS]$clr\n"
            ntests=$(expr $ntests + 1)
            failed=$(expr $failed + 1)
            printf "  %-48s " "$name:"
            printf "$red[FAIL]$clr\n"
            roundup_trace < "$roundup_tmp/$name"
            printf "%s\n" "$name"

Test Summary

Display the summary now that all tests are finished.

    yes = | head -n 57 | tr -d '\n'
    printf "\n"
    printf "Tests:  %3d | " $ntests
    printf "Passed: %3d | " $passed
    printf "Failed: %3d"    $failed
    printf "\n"

Exit with an error if any tests failed

    test $failed -eq 0 || exit 2

Sandbox Test Runs

The above checks guarantee we have at least one test. We can now move through each specified test plan, determine its test plan, and administer each test listed in a isolated sandbox.

for roundup_p in $roundup_plans

Create a sandbox, source the test plan, run the tests, then leave without a trace.


Consider the description to be the basename of the plan minus the tailing

        roundup_desc=$(basename "$roundup_p"

Define functions for roundup(5)

A custom description is recommended, but optional. Use describe to set the description to something more meaningful. TODO: reimplement this.

        describe() {

Provide default before and after functions that run only :, a no-op. They may or may not be redefined by the test plan.

        before() { :; }
        after() { :; }

Seek test methods and aggregate their names, forming a test plan. This is done before populating the sandbox with tests to avoid odd conflicts.

TODO: I want to do this with sed only. Please send a patch if you know a cleaner way.

            grep "^it_.*()" $roundup_p           |
            sed "s/\(it_[a-zA-Z0-9_]*\).*$/\1/g"

We have the test plan and are in our sandbox with roundup(5) defined. Now we source the plan to bring its tests into scope.

        . ./$roundup_p

Output the description signal

        printf "d %s" "$roundup_desc" | tr "\n" " "
        printf "\n"

        for roundup_test_name in $roundup_plan

Any number of things are possible in before, after, and the test. Drop into an subshell to contain operations that may throw off roundup; such as cd.


If before wasn't redefined, then this is :.


Momentarily turn off auto-fail to give us access to the tests exit status in $? for capturing.

                set +e

Set -xe before the test in the subshell. We want the test to fail fast to allow for more accurate output of where things went wrong but not in our process because a failed test should not immediately fail roundup. Each tests trace output is saved in temporary storage.

                    set -xe
                ) >"$roundup_tmp/$roundup_test_name" 2>&1

We need to capture the exit status before returning the set -e mode. Returning with set -e before we capture the exit status will result in $? being set with set's status instead.


It's safe to return to normal operation.

                set -e

If after wasn't redefined, then this runs :.


This is the final step of a test. Print its pass/fail signal and name.

                if [ "$roundup_result" -ne 0 ]
                then printf "f"
                else printf "p"

                printf " $roundup_test_name\n"
done |

All signals are piped to this for summary.