since: 2.16


g_test_run (


Runs all tests under the toplevel suite which can be retrieved with g_test_get_root(). Similar to g_test_run_suite(), the test cases to be run are filtered according to test path arguments (-p testpath and -s testpath) as parsed by g_test_init(). g_test_run_suite() or g_test_run() may only be called once in a program.

In general, the tests and sub-suites within each suite are run in the order in which they are defined. However, note that prior to GLib 2.36, there was a bug in the g_test_add_* functions which caused them to create multiple suites with the same name, meaning that if you created tests “/foo/simple”, “/bar/simple”, and “/foo/using-bar” in that order, they would get run in that order (since g_test_run() would run the first “/foo” suite, then the “/bar” suite, then the second “/foo” suite). As of 2.36, this bug is fixed, and adding the tests in that order would result in a running order of “/foo/simple”, “/foo/using-bar”, “/bar/simple”. If this new ordering is sub-optimal (because it puts more-complicated tests before simpler ones, making it harder to figure out exactly what has failed), you can fix it by changing the test paths to group tests by suite in a way that will result in the desired running order. Eg, “/simple/foo”, “/simple/bar”, “/complex/foo-using-bar”.

However, you should never make the actual result of a test depend on the order that tests are run in. If you need to ensure that some particular code runs before or after a given test case, use g_test_add(), which lets you specify setup and teardown functions.

If all tests are skipped or marked as incomplete (expected failures), this function will return 0 if producing TAP output, or 77 (treated as “skip test” by Automake) otherwise.

Available since: 2.16

Return value

Type: int

0 on success, 1 on failure (assuming it returns at all), 0 or 77 if all tests were skipped with g_test_skip() and/or g_test_incomplete()