A tool that bootstraps your dotfiles
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Dotbot testing code uses [Vagrant] to run all tests inside a virtual machine to
have tests be completely isolated from the host machine.
Installing the Test environnement
### Debian-based distributions
- Install the test requirements
sudo apt install vagrant virtualbox
- Install Dotbot dependencies
git submodule update --init --recursive
### macOS
- Install the test requirements
- [VirtualBox]
- [Vagrant]
- Install Dotbot dependencies
git submodule update --init --recursive
Running the Tests
Before running the tests, you must SSH into the VM. Start it with `vagrant up`
and SSH in with `vagrant ssh`. All following commands must be run inside the
First, you must install a version of Python to test against, using `pyenv
install -s {version}`. You can choose any version you like, e.g. `3.8.1`. It
isn't particularly important to test against all supported versions of Python
in the VM, because they will be tested by CI. Once you've installed a specific
version of Python, activate it with `pyenv global {version}`.
The VM mounts the Dotbot directory in `/dotbot` as read-only (you can make
edits on your host machine). You can run the test suite by `cd /dotbot/test`
and then running `./test`. Selected tests can be run by passing paths to the
tests as arguments, e.g. `./test tests/create.bash tests/defaults.bash`.
To debug tests, you can prepend the line `DEBUG=true` as the first line to any
individual test (a `.bash` file inside `test/tests`). This will enable printing
When finished with testing, it is good to shut down the virtual machine by
running `vagrant halt`.
[VirtualBox]: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
[Vagrant]: https://www.vagrantup.com/