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Ebackgrounded-test-command

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.113.26. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.113.0 release tag in our Git repository.

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Visibility: error

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.

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The following 33 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 42 times (in any Lintian version).

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