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Running Tests in ROS 2 from the Command Line
Build and run your tests
To compile and run the tests, simply run the test verb from
colcon test --ctest-args tests [package_selection_args]
package_selection_args are optional package selection arguments for
colcon to limit which packages are built and run)
Sourcing the workspace before testing should not be necessary.
colcon test makes sure that the tests run with the right environment, have access to their dependencies, etc.
Examine Test Results
To see the results, simply run the test-result verb from
colcon test-result --all
To see the exact test cases which fail, use the
colcon test-result --all --verbose
Debugging tests with GDB
If a C++ test is failing, gdb can be used directly on the test executable in the build directory. Ensure to build the code in debug mode. Since the previous build type may be cached by CMake, clean the cache and rebuild.
colcon build --cmake-clean-cache --mixin debug
Next, run the test directly through gdb. For example:
gdb -ex run ./build/rcl/test/test_logging