Test Runner Syntax Options

Use the following syntax from the Visual COBOL command line prompt to run a test suite.

At the prompt, enter:

test-runner [options] [test-suite] 


The name of the executable that will run the test suite, and then produce the test results:
  • mfurun - for use with procedural COBOL
  • mfurunil - for use with .NET COBOL

The options that apply to the test run. These are optional, and you can apply one or more of the following:

Only run the specified test case from the test suite; all other test cases are skipped. Not set by default.

Alternatively, you can specify multiple test cases using one of the following approaches:

  • List the test cases using comma as a separator:
    -testcase:testcase-name1,testcase-name2,... everything.dll


  • Specify a side file that includes a list of test cases:
    -testcase:@filelist.txt everything.dll


  • everything.dll - all your source code compiled
  • filelist.txt - the file that includes a list of all test cases to execute
Ignores any options in the specified test fixture file, enabling you to override them with ones specified on the command line.
When set to true, the return-code indicating a test pass or fail is ignored, and the test continues running. The default is false.
Displays verbose output to the screen. The default is true.
Use a single process for the entire test run, or multiple separate processes (one for the test runner and one for each test case within the run). If you are using separate processes, the parent test runner process can log errors and continue with the test run in the event of a test case failure. The default is separate.
Isolates each test case, so that any resources shared between test cases start from their correct initial state for each test case. The default is true.
Outputs the test results to a .txt file (printfile option) or .xml file (nunit option). The default is to produce a .txt file. The NUnit report takes the form of <fixture-name>-Result.xml.
Note: The Micro Focus Unit Testing Framework produces reports compatible with NUnit 2.6.
Outputs a list of failed test names to filename.
Tip: You can use the generated file to rerun the failed tests by using the -testcase:@filename test-suite syntax.
Outputs the test results to a GitHub style markdown format file (.md).
Note: You can use various external utilities such as the pandoc utility (see http://pandoc.org/) to convert the markdown file into an .html or a .pdf file. Here are some example commands for converting the .md file when you use pandoc:
pandoc -thtml5 -s -S --toc -c pandoc.css -fmarkdown_github mfumeta.md -o mfumeta.html


pandoc -s -S --toc -c pandoc.css -fmarkdown_github mfumeta.md -o mfumeta.pdf
Generates a .csv file containing the timings for the test run.
Generates a Microsoft Visual Studio test results file (TRX). This format uses the test-suite name as the base name and an extension of .trx.
Changes the name of the report file. It defaults to <test suite-name>-report.txt.
Prefixes the results of each test case with a namespace when reports are produced in NUnit format. Not set by default.
When running tests against an executable file, you need to generate a replacement main entry point for your executable that is capable of calling the Micro Focus Unit Testing Framework. This command generates a source file, mfunit_application_entrypoint.cbl, that contain such an entry point. Build this into your executable so that it can be run against a set of tests when executed within the framework. When run outside of the framework, this entry point is not called, and the executable runs as normal.
Runs tests against an executable file. The executable must have been re-built to include the mfunit_application_entrypoint.cbl produced using the option above.
Specifies a directory for the reports. If not specified, the reports are created in the directory in which the tests were run.
Specifies that only test cases with the specified trait name should be run (and all other test cases skipped). You can specifiy more than one trait, separated by a comma, if required. You set a trait for a test case by using the MFU-MD-TRAITS variable in your source code, or specifying the traits=trait-name in the text fixture file.
Tip: You can combine this option with the -generate-mfu option to create a test fixture file designed to only run test cases with a particular trait; for example:
mfurun -generate-mfu -trait:smoke test-suite.dll
Enables support for producing test results that will be used on a Jenkins CI server.
Enables support for producing test results that will be used on a Jenkins CI server, and also enables the Jenkins plugin for JUnit formatted results.
Enables colorisation of certain elelments of the output. Set the value to the intended viewing platform. The default is off. See Using Color in Test Reports for more information.

Outputs the results to an .xml file that is compatible with Silk Central. The output.xml file, along with any required assets (log and dump files), are placed in the location determined by the SCTM_EXEC_RESULTSFOLDER environment variable, where they can be picked up and processed by Silk Central (refer to your Silk Central Help for more information on ProcessExecuter Tests). If you specify this option when your Silk Central environment is not correctly configured, you receive an error.

Produces a core dump file or invokes just-in-time debugging when a test case errors.
Note: This option has no effect when asserting a test failure.
Immediately starts the debugger.
Issues a start/wait command to the debugger using the specified id.
-csv-line-filter:line-number testcase-name
For use when executing data-driven tests for a data source in CSV format. Use line-number to specify the only line of your data source to use when running testcase-name. This can be particularly useful when combined with the -debugbreak and -debugstart options to focus in on a particular piece of data.
-generate-csv-snippet:testcase-name data-source
Creates a test case that includes the basic structure for a data-driven test. It reads data-source (currently limited to CSV files) and creates the necessary data items required to test the data.
Note: Windows users: you can directly pipe the code snippet to the clipboard by appending | clip to the command.
-generate-mfu filename
Produces a skeleton test fixture file (.mfu file) from the test cases within filename (a .dll file or .so file).
When set to true, a native high-resolution performance counter is used to report the duration of the test run. The default is false.
Note: High-resolution timings cannot be displayed in the junit or Silk Central .xml formats; normal timings are always displayed.
A COBOL program compiled to .dll , or an .mfu test fixture file.
Tip: Use the following command to obtain a list of shortened arguments that you can use when running tests:
mfurun -shortcuts