Tests and Examples


EUTelescope uses the CMake/CTest framework for daily automated, data-driven tests to constantly verify the validity of the output. The basis for the tests are the examples provided with the software together with a real data sample and  the expected output in form of root files.

If you are a user of EUTelescope and you have already taken data and performed you analysis, we would be very interested in obtaining a data sample with the corresponding analysis results including the EUTelescope configuration used so that we can include your analysis in the regular testing. This guarantees that your analysis will be well supported in future releases of EUTelescope and it might serve as a good starting point for others. The test can also be used  by any developer who wishes to verify changes made to the EUTelescope code. This is a short how-to; for more detailed information see the CMake manual or web page.




In order to be able to run static code analysis tests you will need to install cppcheck. To run the stattest program under SL5.8, you will also have to install the package "giflib". To see which tests are available, enter the build directory of EUTelescope and run

ctest -N


Running Tests


To perform a specific test of the list, run

ctest -I [START #],[END #]

where 'START #' is the test number to start from and 'END #' is the (optional) last test to run. The tests will be run in build/Testing, where each test has its own sub directory. Usually, the first testing steps will set up this directory structure. If you have run the tests once, you can therefore easily perform just specific tests that are affected by code changes that you want to verify.

If you want to see the full output of the tests that have failed you need to export the following environment variable:


or use

ctest -VV

to see all output. The end results of the analysis are verified using statistical tests provided by ROOT and accessed through the Python scripts in test/stattest/bin.

The tests can be run by anybody but require access to the data files which reside on DESY AFS. If you wish to access the files please contact the EUTelescope software coordinators.