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test_factory 0.4.2
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test_factory 0.3.0 —
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Framework for managing test data
Provides functions for registering commands to create test data and obtaining data during testing
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test_factory 0.3.1
Framework for managing test data
test_factory_pgtap 0.1.0
pgTap extension for test_factory



A system for managing unit test data in Postgres.

Documentation for the most recent version is on PGXN.

Current Status

You can see the current status of released versions of this extension on PGXN-tester.

Travis-CI status: Build Status

Easy Installation

Install pgxn-client, then do:

pgxn install test_factory


pgxn load -d database_name test_factory

(Run pgxn --help for more info.)

Hard Installation

To build it, just do this:

make installcheck
make install

If you encounter an error such as:

"Makefile", line 8: Need an operator

You need to use GNU make, which may well be installed on your system as gmake:

gmake install
gmake installcheck

If you encounter an error such as:

make: pg_config: Command not found

Be sure that you have pg_config installed and in your path. If you used a package management system such as RPM to install PostgreSQL, be sure that the -devel package is also installed. If necessary tell the build process where to find it:

env PG_CONFIG=/path/to/pg_config make && make installcheck && make install

And finally, if all that fails (and if you're on PostgreSQL 8.1 or lower, it likely will), copy the entire distribution directory to the contrib/ subdirectory of the PostgreSQL source tree and try it there without pg_config:

env NO_PGXS=1 make && make installcheck && make install

If you encounter an error such as:

ERROR:  must be owner of database regression

You need to run the test suite using a super user, such as the default "postgres" super user:

make installcheck PGUSER=postgres

Once test_factory is installed, you can add it to a database. If you're running PostgreSQL 9.1.0 or greater, it's a simple as connecting to a database as a super user and running:

CREATE EXTENSION test_factory;

If you've upgraded your cluster to PostgreSQL 9.1 and already had test_factory installed, you can upgrade it to a properly packaged extension with:

CREATE EXTENSION test_factory FROM unpackaged;

For versions of PostgreSQL less than 9.1.0, you'll need to run the installation script:

psql -d mydb -f /path/to/pgsql/share/contrib/test_factory.sql

If you want to install test_factory and all of its supporting objects into a specific schema, use the PGOPTIONS environment variable to specify the schema, like so:

PGOPTIONS=--search_path=extensions psql -d mydb -f test_factory.sql

Copyright and License

Copyright (c) 2015 Jim Nasby Jim.Nasby@BlueTreble.com.