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ATF(7)             FreeBSD Miscellaneous Information Manual             ATF(7)

NAME
     ATF - introduction to the Automated Testing Framework

DESCRIPTION
     The Automated Testing Framework (ATF) is a collection of libraries to
     implement test programs in a variety of languages.  These libraries all
     offer similar functionality and any test program written with them
     exposes a consistent user interface.

     Test programs using the ATF libraries rely on a separate runtime engine
     to execute them in a deterministic fashion.  The runtime engine isolates
     the test programs from the rest of the system and ensures some common
     side-effects are cleaned up.  The runtime engine is also responsible for
     gathering the results of all tests and composing reports.  The current
     runtime of choice is Kyua, described in kyua(1).

     If your operating systems distributes ATF, it should also provide an
     introductory tests(7) manual page.  You are encouraged to read it now.

     The rest of this manual page serves as a cross-reference to all the other
     documentation shipped with ATF.

   Language bindings
     atf-c(3)               C programming interface.

     atf-c++(3)             C++ programming interface.

     atf-sh(3)              sh(1) programming interface.

   Miscellaneous pages
     atf-test-case(4)       Generic description of test cases, independent of
                            the language they are implemented in.

     atf-test-program(1)    Common interface provided by the test programs
                            written using the ATF libraries.

SEE ALSO
     kyua(1), tests(7)

HISTORY
     ATF started as a Google Summer of Code 2007 project mentored by The
     NetBSD Foundation.  Its original goal was to provide a testing framework
     for the NetBSD operating system, but it grew as an independent project
     because the framework itself did not need to be tied to a specific
     operating system.

     Originally, ATF shipped the collection of libraries described in this
     manual page as well as a runtime engine.  The runtime engine has since
     been replaced by Kyua and the old tools were removed in 0.20, which
     shipped in early 2014.

     As of late 2014, both FreeBSD and NetBSD ship ATF in their base systems
     and provide extensive test suites based on it.

     For more details on historical changes, refer to:

           /usr/share/doc/atf/NEWS

AUTHORS
     For more details on the people that made ATF possible, refer to:

           /usr/share/doc/atf/AUTHORS

FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4       September 14, 2014       FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4
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