Hi all,

I've read the Wiki page on Writing Functional Tests 
(http://wiki.g2.bx.psu.edu/Admin/Tools/Writing%20Tests) and I've been looking 
through test/base and test/functional and I am left with two questions:

  *   Is it possible to write a test to validate metadata directly on an 
(optionally composite) output dataset?  Everything described on the above page 
is file oriented.  I see that there is TwillTestCase.check_metadata_for_string, 
but as far as I can tell this is a bit nonspecific since it appears to just do 
a text search on the Edit page.  I don't yet fully understand the context in 
which tests run, but is there some way to access a "live" dataset's metadata 
directly, either as a dictionary or just as attributes?  Or even to get the 
actual dataset object?

  *   Does the test harness support retaining output files only for failed 
tests?  Ideally with a cap on how much output data to save.  If not, would this 
be difficult to configure?


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