On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 01:49:44AM -0700, Ilya Bobyr wrote:

> Here are some examples of how functionality added by the patch
> could be used.  In order to run setup tests and then only a
> specific test (use case 1) one can do:
>     $ ./t0000-init.sh --run='1 2 25'
> or:
>     $ ./t0000-init.sh --run='<3 25'
> ('<=' is also supported, as well as '>' and '>=').

I don't have anything against this in principle, but I suspect it will
end up being a big pain to figure out which of the early tests are
required to set up the state, and which are not. Having "<" makes
specifying it easier, but you still have to read the test script to
figure out which tests need to be run.

I wonder if it would make sense to "auto-select" tests that match a
regex like "set.?up|create"? A while ago, Jonathan made a claim that
this would cover most tests that are dependencies of other tests. I did
not believe him, but looking into it, I recall that we did seem to have
quite a few matching that pattern. If there were a good feature like
this that gave us a reason to follow that pattern, I think people might
fix the remainder

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