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12.2. Platform-specific comparison files

Since some of the tests inherently produce platform-specific results, we have provided a way to supply platform-specific result comparison files. Frequently, the same variation applies to multiple platforms; rather than supplying a separate comparison file for every platform, there is a mapping file that defines which comparison file to use. So, to eliminate bogus test "failures" for a particular platform, you must choose or make a variant result file, and then add a line to the mapping file, which is resultmap.

Each line in the mapping file is of the form

testname/platformpattern=comparisonfilename
The test name is just the name of the particular regression test module. The platform pattern is a pattern in the style of expr(1) (that is, a regular expression with an implicit ^ anchor at the start). It is matched against the platform name as printed by config.guess followed by :gcc or :cc, depending on whether you use the GNU compiler or the system's native compiler (on systems where there is a difference). The comparison file name is the name of the substitute result comparison file.

For example: the int2 regression test includes a deliberate entry of a value that is too large to fit in int2. The specific error message that is produced is platform-dependent; our reference platform emits

ERROR:  pg_atoi: error reading "100000": Numerical result out of range
but a fair number of other Unix platforms emit
ERROR:  pg_atoi: error reading "100000": Result too large
Therefore, we provide a variant comparison file, int2-too-large.out, that includes this spelling of the error message. To silence the bogus "failure" message on HPPA platforms, resultmap includes
int2/hppa=int2-too-large
which will trigger on any machine for which config.guess's output begins with "hppa". Other lines in resultmap select the variant comparison file for other platforms where it's appropriate.