The int-refapp is supposed to be for (automated) integration testing. (Have we already shifted that into the cloud on saucelabs? If so, we should free up this server…)
What Daniel is asking people to do is basically manual exploratory testing of the application, so we should be using **qa-**refapp.openmrs.org (instead of int-). That hostname seems to exist, but the server is down. We should fix this.
(I’m not going to take care of this myself, but it occurred to me, so I thought I’d point it out.)
I’m not really familiar with your development/testing environment.
If I understood, int02 has been replace by http://qa-refapp.openmrs.org/
Will qa-refapp.openmrs.org be used only for manual testing?
Or as it was for int02 can we use it for running locally the UI tests?
if so we have also to update the pom.xml file that we have in the UI test library (I can do it).
@domenico, qa-refapp is for manual testing, but you can use it for running automated UI tests locally for your convenience when trying to reproduce an error. If you do that you need to be prepared that tests may fail due to some one else interacting with the website.
In general it’s best to run automated UI tests on a fresh instance of a server that no one else has access to so that there’s no interference from outside and tests are more reliable.
It’s why we don’t use a publicly available server for running our automated tests by CI.
I absolutely agree with you.
However if you agree, we can update the pom.xml with the new address at least we can make tests work.
Regarding the fresh instance of the server, do we have a wiki page about?
I can write down something on the wiki starting from the note available here.
As we already said in another post, we can run our test locally against qa-refapp when we are confident they work we can pull a request. It should be enough. I was wondering if we can explore another option with Travis CI: we build our own server and run locally the tests. This to avoid interference with the qa-refapp server (which is used by others) while we are developing automatic tests.I do not know if it is worthwhile.
@domenico, my initial reaction is that it’s not worthwhile. I would just use the qa-refapp server for any sort of QA that’s not being run by CI (even for designing tests that will eventually run in CI).