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Uji - checklist generator and tracking system

uji is a tool to generate checklists from template files and hold on to those lists forever or until the cows come home, whichever happens later.

uji is useful for cases where a user has

  • large checklists with overlapping items, e.g. the same sets of test to be performed on different hardware
  • the checklists are recurring, e.g. they need to be performed on every package update
  • not all checklist items will be ticked every time but the user needs to remember which ones were ticked off
  • there is other free-form information to be stored alongside the checklists

The main purpose of uji is to simplify the answer to "Wait, didn't I test this?"

  • uji is not a todo list
  • uji is not a test suite
  • uji is not something you can integrate into a CI

If you have a test that can be automated, uji is not the right tool. uji is to track manual tests that cannot be automated. If you want to generate test summaries, uji is not the right tool. uji tracks manual tests.

uji is optimized for writing, not reading. 99% of the logs tracked with uji will never be read. Hence uji is built for minimal friction to write the tests - basically you need git, python and an editor. The central file is a markdown text file that you can edit and annotate (almost) at will. It's all stored in git, so backup, sharing, and collaboration is trivial. It's markdown, so you push the file anywhere (gitlab, github, ...) and it'll probably look nice in the browser.

uji just preps the file for you and (in the future) provides a set of CLI tools to automate some tasks around maintaining the test files.

"uji" is Indonesian for "test".

See uji on readthedocs for more documentation.

Use case

Upgrading software packages usually requires multiple manual tests. Ideally you have a checklist to tick off the things you tested. Next time you upgrade that same package, the same checklist applies. Ideally you tick off all the checklist items every time but we both know you don't. Maybe hardware is missing, or the moon phase is wrong for tedious work, or, well, so many reasons.

And then suddenly, a few months later a bug reports appears. And now the question is: "wait, didn't I test this?"

And uji should be able answer that question.

How it works

The core of uji is a set of test templates in YAML format. These templates are combined to a full test document (in markdown) on invoking uji new. That file together with the log files required for the various tests are stored in a git tree. As the tests are performed the user ticks them off in the .md file and eventually commits them to git.

The next test run does the same, uji new creates a new directory, rinse, wash, repeat.

So when the question "did I test this?" arises, you can go back, check the respective log set and check - is the box for that test ticked off? And if it is and it's still broken - well, you should have the various log files in that same directory to figure out where the differences are.

None of this is novel of course, uji is just a commandline wrapper to make that proces simpler.


pip install --user uji


Look at the example.yaml file for an example test configuration.

$ mkdir my-test-results && cd my-test-results
$ git init
$ wget -o mypackage.yaml

Now you're set up. Edit the mypackage.yaml file and add your tests. Once ready, git commit mypackage.yaml because you want this to be preserved.

And when you're ready to start a test run:

$ cd my-test-results
$ uji new mypackage.yaml
Your test records and log files are
  mypackage-2019-12-10.0/logitech_keyboard/test_usb_logs/lsusb −v
  mypackage-2019-12-10.0/logitech_keyboard/log_input_devices/libinput record −−all
  mypackage-2019-12-10.0/t450_keyboard/log_input_devices/libinput record −−all
  mypackage-2019-12-10.0/t460_keyboard/log_input_devices/libinput record −−all
  mypackage-2019-12-10.0/logitech_g500s/log_input_devices/libinput record −−all
  mypackage-2019-12-10.0/macbook_keyboard/test_usb_logs/lsusb −v
  mypackage-2019-12-10.0/macbook_keyboard/log_input_devices/libinput record −−all
  mypackage-2019-12-10.0/logitech_mx_anywhere_2s/log_input_devices/libinput record −−all
Run "git commit" to commit the changes, or "git reset" to throw them away
$ git commit -am 'mypackage: new test log set'
$ vim mypackage-2019-12-04.0/
# tick off the tests as you confirm them

$ cp /proc/bus/input/devices mypackage-2019-12-10.0/logitech_keyboard/log_input_devices/∕proc∕bus∕input∕devices
$ lsusb &> mypackage-2019-12-10.0/macbook_keyboard/test_usb_logs/lsusb −v

# copy the other files into the right file names

$ git commit -am 'mypackage: test log set done'

And that's it for now.

See uji on readthedocs for more documentation.


uji is licensed under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more info.

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