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Ebackgrounded-test-command

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The tag is present in Lintian version 2.104.260. That is the most recent version we know about.

This package declares a Test-Command that backgrounds itself with an ampersand. That is not a good idea.

In the autopkgtest framework, the return value determines whether a test was successful. It is therefore fundamental to the testing process. Unfortunately, that value is being ignored here.

This test only fails when a message printed to stderr wins a race with the autopkgtest harness. While that may result in an accurate (but unreliable) detection of some test failures, a review of archive-wide autopkgtest data shows no failures for backgrounded test commands.

Many incidents of this tag are based on a faulty command that invokes xvfb-run for GUI programs. It was likely adopted from an existing package.

Please drop the ampersand at the end of the Test-Command.

Refer to Bug#988591 and https://ci.debian.net/doc/ for details.

Visibility: error

Check: testsuite

The following 51 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 62 times.

There were no overrides.