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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It’s always a good idea to try to structure your output into some form of regular patterns. The human eye and brain are mindblowingly capable pattern matchers; heck, we compulsively try to find patterns in noise that has none. Opting to take advantage of this is quite the opposite of a bad idea.

    In any case, if you did want to use automated testing, in your case, in order to catch the most low-hanging fruit among bugs if not all of them, you will probably need to link against some reference implement

    • Hmmm, that's not a bad idea. With a recent Mesa, I should be able to use the off-screen renderer, which one would hope is independent of the settings of the desktop frame buffer (if not, this becomes a non-starter, I think). It does represent an extra dependency (and a non-trivial one at that), but it still may be worth it.

      I guess it depends on how stable the output of the off-screen renderer has been across Mesa versions. If the rendering of existing features has been solid (and seems likely to rem