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WIP - Add unit testing with Pester for PowerShell modules #54965

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jborean93 commented Apr 8, 2019


Adds the ability to create unit tests for PowerShell modules and module utils in ansible-test. This is a basic POC to test out what we need to have in place for this to work. Currently it works by running the tests on the local PSCore container instead of on an actual Windows host. This means that calls to .NET functions that are unavailable on Windows will have to be mocked out but I'm hopeful we can still do proper unit tests this way without the overhead of managing and actual Windows host.

Items that need further discussion;

  • For this to work, the current proposal is to change our Windows modules to be in the shape

#AnsibleRequires -CSharpUtil Ansible.Basic

Function Invoke-AnsibleModule {
    param (
    $spec = @{
        options = @{}
        supports_check_mode = $true
    $module = [Ansible.Basic.AnsibleModule]::Create($Arguments, $spec)

if ($MyInvocation.InvocationName -ne '.') {
    Invoke-AnsibleModule -Arguments $args
  • The above allows us to dot source the module without actually executing the module. This is critical so we can load the functions in the script in a unit test scenario
  • Unfortunately this means we need to change the way our modules are written but this can easily be part of a sanity check and shouldn't be too hard to write a once off script to convert our builtin modules
  • An alternative is to use an AST parser to get all defined functions in a script and then dot source them that way. This has an advantage because it works with our current modules but won't work with coverage collectors
  • We could still get coverage working with the above but it would involve creating temp module files with just the module functions in the correct line positions
  • The coverage output and test result output is different from the Python output. We still need a conversion script to align the output when using in Ansible
  • Feature Pull Request



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