1. Fabrice Gabolde
  2. Lembas



Lembas is a testing framework for command line applications inspired by Cram.


use Test::More;
use Lembas;

open my $specs, '<', 'hg-for-dummies.lembas'
    or BAILOUT("can't open Mercurial session test specs: $!");

my $lembas = Lembas->new_from_test_spec(handle => $specs);
plan tests => $lembas->plan_size;


In short, you write down shell sessions verbatim, allowing for variance such as "this part here should match this regex" or "then there's some output nobody really cares about" or even "this output should be printed within N seconds". The markup is really very simple so you can almost copy-paste real shell sessions and have it work.

Then Lembas will spawn a shell process of your choice and pass it the commands and test if the output matches what's expected, thereby turning your shell session into a test suite!


Examples are provided in the examples/ folder of this distribution.


Fabrice Gabolde fabrice.gabolde@gmail.com


Copyright (C) 2013 Fabrice Gabolde

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.10.0 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.