HTML::Mason::Tests - Test harness for testing Mason


HTML::Mason::Tests - Test harness for testing Mason


 use HTML::Mason::Tests;
 my $group = HTML::Mason::Tests->new( name => 'name of group', description => 'tests something' );
 $group->add_test( name => 'foo',
                   description => 'tests foo',
                   component => <<'EOF'
 $foo => 1
 <% $foo %>
                   expect => <<'EOF',


This module is designed to automate as much as possible of the Mason test suite. It does tasks like write component files to disk, call them, compare the actual results to the expected results, and more. In addition, it also is capable of printing out useful information about test failures when run in verbose mode. See the ADDITIONAL RUN MODES section for more information.

It also makes sure that any given group of tests provides all the information needed to run them (test names, components and results, etc.).

Now you have no excuse for writing new tests (and that goes double for me!).



Takes the following parameters:


Takes the following parameters:


Takes the following parameters:

One of the following three options is required:


Run the tests in the group.

Class methods

These methods are provided since some tests may need to know these values.


The base path under which the component root and data directory for the tests are created.


Returns the component root directory.


Return the data directory

check_output ( actual => $actual_output, expect => $expected_output )

Given the parameters shown above, this method will check to see if the two are equal. If they're not equal, it will print out an error message attempting to highlight the difference.


The following additional modes are available for running tests.

Verbose mode

To turn this on, set the environment variables MASON_VERBOSE or MASON_DEBUG as true or run the tests as 'make test TEST_VERBOSE=1'. In this mode, the run method will output information about tests as they are run. If a test fails, then it will also show the cause of the failure.

Debug mode

To turn this on, set the MASON_DEBUG environment variable to a true value. In this mode, the run method will print detailed information of its actions. This mode includes the output printed in VERBOSE mode.

Create mode

If the individual tests are run from the command line with the '--create' flag, then instead of checking the output of a component, the test harness will simply output its results. This allows you to cut and paste these results back into the test file (assuming they are correct!).

 HTML::Mason::Tests - Test harness for testing Mason