Re: TAP tests and symlinks on Windows

From: Michael Paquier <michael(at)paquier(dot)xyz>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter(dot)eisentraut(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
Cc: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(dot)dunstan(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, Juan José Santamaría Flecha <juanjo(dot)santamaria(at)gmail(dot)com>, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker <ilmari(at)ilmari(dot)org>, pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: TAP tests and symlinks on Windows
Date: 2020-06-29 07:56:16
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On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 02:00:37PM +0200, Peter Eisentraut wrote:
> We should be more accurate about things like this:
> +# The following tests test symlinks. Windows may not have symlinks, so
> +# skip there.
> The issue isn't whether Windows has symlinks, since all versions of Windows
> supported by PostgreSQL do (AFAIK). The issue is only whether the Perl
> installation that runs the tests has symlink support. And that is only
> necessary if the test itself wants to create or inspect symlinks. For
> example, there are existing tests involving tablespaces that work just fine
> on Windows.

Check. Indeed that sounds confusing.

> Relatedly, your patch ends up skipping the tests on MSYS2, even though Perl
> supports symlinks there out of the box.

Do you think that it would be enough to use what Andrew has mentioned
in [1]? I don't have a MSYS2 installation, so I am unfortunately not
able to confirm that, but I would just move the check to
and save it in an extra variable.


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