On Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 11:13:33AM -0400, Stephen Frost wrote:
> * Tom Lane (t...@sss.pgh.pa.us) wrote:
> > Stephen Frost <sfr...@snowman.net> writes:
> > > I'm all for adding tests into pg_dump which do things like drop columns
> > > and change column names and other cases which could impact if the
> > > pg_dump is correct or not, and there's nothing preventing those tests
> > > from being added in the existing structure.  Certainly, before we remove
> > > the coverage provided by running the serial test suite and then using
> > > pg_upgrade, we should analyze what is being tested and ensure that we're
> > > providing that same set of testing in the pg_dump TAP tests.
> > 
> > I don't think you grasped my basic point, which is that I'm worried about
> > emergent cases that we don't foresee needing to test (and that no amount
> > of code coverage checking would have shown up as being overlooked).
> > Admittedly, relying on the core regression tests to trigger such cases is
> > a pretty haphazard strategy, but it's way better than no strategy at all.
> The tests that were added to the core regression suite were done so for
> a reason and hopefully we can identify cases where it'd make sense to
> also run those tests for pg_upgrade/pg_dump testing.

I think you _are_ missing Tom's point.  We've caught pg_dump and pg_upgrade
bugs thanks to regression database objects created for purposes unrelated to
pg_dump.  It's true that there exist other test strategies that are more
efficient or catch more bugs overall.  None of them substitute 100% for the
serendipity seen in testing dump/restore on the regression database.

> More-or-less
> anything that materially changes the catalog should be included, I would
> think.  Things that are only really only working with the heap/index
> files don't really need to be performed because the pg_upgrade process
> doesn't change those.

That is formally true.

Also, I agree with Andres that this is not a thread for discussing test
changes beyond mechanical translation of the pg_upgrade test suite.

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