> On Feb 25, 2019, at 1:15 PM, Davide Italiano <dccitali...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 6:32 AM Pavel Labath <pa...@labath.sk> wrote:
>> On 21/02/2019 19:48, Ted Woodward wrote:
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: lldb-dev <lldb-dev-boun...@lists.llvm.org> On Behalf Of Pavel Labath
>>>> via lldb-dev
>>>> Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:35 AM
>>>> To: Davide Italiano <dccitali...@gmail.com>
>>>> Cc: LLDB <lldb-dev@lists.llvm.org>
>>>> Subject: [EXT] Re: [lldb-dev] [RFC]The future of pexpect
>>>> On 21/02/2019 00:03, Davide Italiano wrote:
>>>>> I found out that there are tests that effectively require
>>>>> interactivity. Some of the lldb-mi ones are an example.
>>>>> A common use-case is that of sending SIGTERM in a loop to make sure
>>>>> `lldb-mi` doesn't crash and handle the signal correctly.
>>>>> This functionality is really hard to replicate in lit_as is_.
>>>>> Any ideas on how we could handle this case?
>>>> How hard is it to import a new version of pexpect which supports python3 
>>>> and
>>>> stuff?
>>>> I'm not sure how the situation is on darwin, but I'd expect (:P) that most 
>>>> linux
>>>> systems either already have it installed, or have an easy way to do so. So 
>>>> we
>>>> may not even be able to get away with just using the system one and 
>>>> skipping
>>>> tests when it's not present.
>>>> BTW, for lldb-mi I would actually argue that it should *not* use pexpect 
>>>> :D.
>>>> Interactivity is one thing, and I'm very much in favour of keeping that 
>>>> ability,
>>>> but pexpect is not a prerequisite for that. For me, the main advantage of
>>>> pexpect is that it emulates a real terminal. However, lldb-mi does not need
>>>> that stuff. It doesn't have any command line editing capabilities or 
>>>> similar. It's
>>>> expecting to communicate with an IDE over a pipe, and that's it.
>>>> Given that, it should be fairly easy to rewrite the lldb-mi tests to work 
>>>> on top
>>>> of the standard python "subprocess" library. While we're doing that, we 
>>>> might
>>>> actually fix some of the issues that have been bugging everyone in the 
>>>> lldb-mi
>>>> tests. At least for me, the most annoying thing was that when lldb-mi 
>>>> fails to
>>>> produce the expected output, the test does not fail immediately, but 
>>>> instead
>>>> the implementation of self.expect("^whatever") waits until the timeout
>>>> expires, optimistically hoping that it will find some output that match the
>>>> pattern.
> Pavel, I think yours is a really nice idea.
> I'm no python expert, but I found out making the conversion is
> relatively simple.
> I propose a proof-of-concept API and implementation here:
> https://gist.github.com/dcci/94a4936a227d9c7627b91ae9575b7b68
> Comments appreciated! Once we agree on how this should look like, I do
> recommend to have a new lldbMITest base class and incrementally start
> moving the tests to it.
> Once we're done, we can delete the old class.
> Does this sound reasonable?

What you are saying is that we would write the tests as Python tests in a way 
similar to how lldbtest.expect() look in the dotest.py tests, banking on 
synchronous mode taking care of all the synchronization? Are you thinking of 
doing this for all the remaining tests or only the ones where a command input 
depends on the result of a previous command?

-- adrian

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