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Regression Testing and Conformance Testing Interactive Programs



Don E. Libes


Testing interactive programs, by its nature, requires interaction - usually by real people. Such testing is an expensive process and hence rarely done. Some interactive tools can be used non-interactively to a limited extent, and are often tested only this way. Purely interactive programs are rarely tested in any systematic way. This paper describes Expect, a tool for general testing of interactive line- and character- oriented interactive programs. Expect can also be used to automate standards conformance testing of the many interactive programs in, say, POSIX 1003.2. This, and other software engineering applications of Expect, are described in this paper.
Proceedings Title
Summer 92' USENIX Conference


interactive programs, conformance testing, software engineering, Expect


Libes, D. (1992), Regression Testing and Conformance Testing Interactive Programs, Summer 92' USENIX Conference, [online], (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1992, Updated February 17, 2017