Hey Niels,

I'm no expert on bitcoind tests, but maybe these bits of information can
help you get started:

The steps to build bitcoind typically involve running:




make install

When you run autogen, the autoreconf
is invoked which creates the configure script that gets run next. The
configure script is generated based on the configure.ac
<https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/master/configure.ac> file, which
performs a number of compatibility checks for the compiler and other
tooling. You can see these checks being performed with

My understanding is that running configure does a lot of system
compatibility checks. When you run "make", I do not think any tests get run
by default, but I could be wrong about this. If you want to run unit tests
you need to run "make check". You can read more about this here

There are unit tests for bitcoind written in C++ and a lot of integration
and higher level tests written in python.

Hopefully this information was useful and accurate. Again, I could be wrong
about exactly how the build process works as it's not super obvious.
Hopefully someone else more knowledgeable than me can chime in here if I
got anything wrong.



On Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 10:06 AM Niels Thijssen via bitcoin-dev <
bitcoin-dev@lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

> As no one was able to respond, a gentle reminder : 😊
> Hi,
> I'm working as (software) test specialist and run private a full bitcoin
> node (based upon Raspberry Pi 4).
> I've been trying to figure out the tests performed during
> installation/upgrade/compilation of the software for the node.
> Is there any overview on what's the (common) test approach, or other
> stuff. Because the tests on GitHub don't help me that much.
> I'd like to figure out what/how is tested, maybe refine test cases, and
> try some manual test also, as part of learning.
> Who would be able to join me or share information that guides me.
> Thanks in advance,
> Niels.
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