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Allow the use of console, stdout, and stderr in Jasmine tests #18863

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Possibly related to #15868? I'll need to verify if this helps in that scenario. But this is an annoyance that I encountered trying to debug #18857, which is a failure we're seeing only in CI. Basically: when running specs that use the default Jasmine spec runner in a headless window, console.log and console.error do nothing.

Description of the Change

When launching a headless spec runner, initialize console.log, console.error, process.stdout, and process.stderr to point to the standard out and err streams exposed through Electron's "remote" module.

All credit to @BinaryMuse for giving me the code to yank from our Mocha runner, which doesn't have this problem:

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Possible Drawbacks

Other console methods (console.table, console.dirxml...) still have their output eaten. They're a little less obvious to stub, though, and are less widespread for good old-fashioned printf-style debugging.

Verification Process

I'm verifying that this works properly by focusing a spec and adding console.log and console.error statements to its beginning. Ideally, they should be visible:

  • locally
    • when headless;
    • when using the graphical spec runner;
  • in CI;
    • on Windows;
    • on macOS;
    • on Linux.

Release Notes

  • console.log and console.error output to standard out and error when invoked from the headless test runner..

@smashwilson smashwilson force-pushed the aw/console-in-tests branch from 01be166 to f0fb288 Feb 17, 2019

@smashwilson smashwilson merged commit 1acf913 into master Feb 17, 2019

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