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Archive for March, 2019

Windows: force a CHKDSK of a non system disk at boot time

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/22

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to try run a CHKDSK at boot time of a non-system disk.

The trick appears to be to ensure something locks the drive. An easy way to do that is have a command prompt open inside a directory on that drive.

The below example show just that: a regular command prompt locking the E: drive and an administrative command prompt scheduling the check at boot time:

In text

Regular command prompt:

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.15063]
(c) 2017 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\jeroenp>e:

E:\>cd $RECYCLE.BIN

E:\$RECYCLE.BIN>

Administrative command prompt:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>chkdsk /R /F E:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process.  Chkdsk may run if this volume is dismounted first.
ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) n

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process.  Would you like to schedule this volume to be
checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N) y

This volume will be checked the next time the system restarts.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>

–jeroen

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New for the D850: Nikon ES-2 film digitizing adapter set – scan film at 45.7MP | Nikon Rumors

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/22

This thread also has a nice discussion on alternatives to scanning film and slides: [WayBackNew for the D850: Nikon ES-2 film digitizing adapter set – scan film at 45.7MP | Nikon Rumors

–jeroen

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Some Delphi unit testing notes

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/21

A few notes I wrote down when coaching a team to write better unit tests and test tooling form themselves.

  • unit tests test a unit of code
  • integrating tests test multiple units of code, which can go as far as having external dependencies
  • mocks simulate depencencies
  • unit tests are being executed by a unit test runner
  • you can group tests into test suites, which can contain other suites, and determine order of tests (which can be important for integration tests).
  • unit tests and suites register them to be eligible for running (a test without an encompassing suite presents itself as a suit with one test)
  • the runner optionally has a mechanism to filter the eligible suites and tests down to the ones actually being run

References:

In the particular case for this team, testing was mostly done using DUnit for Delphi.

Here, these are worth mentioning:

  • The configuration is not limited to the GuiTestRunner: any DUnit based test runner can use it (though the default console TextTestRunner skips it, but https://github.com/graemeg/fptest/blob/master/src/TextTestRunner.pas and https://github.com/VSoftTechnologies/DUnit-XML/blob/master/Example/DUnitXMLTest.dpr shows how it can be used).
    • It comes down to either Suite.LoadConfiguration(IniFileName, UseRegistry, True) or RegisteredTests.LoadConfiguration(IniFileName, UseRegistry, True) where
      • IniFileName contains the INI filename, for instance from ExtractFilePath(ParamStr(0)) + 'dunit.ini' or from a ParamStr parameter on the command-line.
      • UseRegistry usually is False
  • If you want to disable all exceptions for easier debugging, but still want to catch failures, then you can enable Break on Failures (see screenshot below) so breaking tests will throw an EBreakingTestFailure.
  • Registration
    • Per test or per suite
    • You do not need a ITestSuite implementing class in order to register a suite (just pass a SuitePath when registering multiple tests)
    • Basically the only reasons for having a ITestSuite implementing class (like descending from TTestSuite) are
      • to have a specific SetUp or TearDown for that suite level
      • to allow \ backslash or / forward slash in test suite names (which is unwise because a lot of tooling sees those as suite hierarchy separators)
    • function TestSuite(AName: string; const Tests: array of ITest): ITestSuite;
    • procedure RegisterTest(SuitePath: string; test: ITest); overload;
    • procedure RegisterTest(test: ITest); overload;
    • procedure RegisterTests(SuitePath: string; const Tests: array of ITest); overload;
    • procedure RegisterTests(const Tests: array of ITest); overload;
    • function RegisteredTests: ITestSuite;
  • Configuration is exclusion based
    • procedure TTestSuite.LoadConfiguration(const iniFile: TCustomIniFile; const section: string);
    • procedure TTestSuite.SaveConfiguration(const iniFile: TCustomIniFile; const section: string);
    • The configuration file default name is DUnit.ini
    • The DUnit.ini file will be saved after the GUI tests are run (overwriting any changes) when the Auto Save Configuration is enabled (which is the default)
    • All tests are configured in
      • sections
        • named (of course inside [] brackets) as Tests.TestPath, where TestPath either
          • is the name of the test class
          • is a . period separated path of suites ending in an test class
        • values having keys named either
          • the test method with a value 0 to disable the test
          • a test method followed by .RunCount with an integer value indicating how often that test needs to be executed
        • note that with either TestName=1 or TestName.RunCount=1 will disappear from the ini file because those are default values
      • There are no values to indicate tests need to be run (so by default registered tests eligible to be run are being run)
    • An example file (without .RunCount ) is at [WayBack] delphidicontainer/dunit.ini at master · danieleteti/delphidicontainer · GitHub
    • You can add comments to INI files using a semi colon at the start of the line; see [WayBack] Do standard windows .ini files allow comments? – Stack Overflow

Registration and exclusion are two separate concerns.

To configure non-GUI tests, first run the GUI tester, configure it, then copy the resulting DUnit.ini file to the environment where the non-GUI tests are being run.

Be sure to check out test decorators, and maybe amend them with dependency injection. Example for apply database setup/teardown to a full suite of tests: [WayBack] How to organize testing of DB in dUnit — IT daily blog, news, magazine, technologies

Some resurrected documentation links because not all links from [WayBack] DUnit – Xtreme testing for Delphi and [WayBack] DUNIT: An Xtreme testing framework for Delphi programs succeed.

–jeroen

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Python Data Science Handbook | Python Data Science Handbook

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/21

Cool stuff: [WayBackPython Data Science Handbook | Python Data Science Handbook.

Based on that I learned a lot of things on book publishing:

Via: [WayBack] You can read the Python Data Science Handbook by @jakevdp for free on his website  – ThisIsWhyICode – Google+

–jeroen

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VMware ESXi 6.5.0 Patch History

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/21

Interesting way to keep your ESXi rug up to date:

[WayBack] Keep track of VMware ESXi patches, subscribe by RSS, Twitter and E-Mail! – Brought to you by @VFrontDe: VMware ESXi 6.5.0 Patch History.

There is an RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Esxi650PatchTracker and in depth information at [WayBackVMware ESXi Patch Tracker – Help.

Clicking on the link next to Imageprofile will popup a screen with instructions how to upgrade your ESXi box to that level, for instance:

# Cut and paste these commands into an ESXi shell to update your host with this Imageprofile
# See the Help page for more instructions
#
esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-standard \
-d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient
#
# Reboot to complete the upgrade

I wish there was a similar thing for [WayBackESXi Embedded Host Client as I could not find any of the esxui VIB files mentioned there at esxui site:https://esxi-patches.v-front.de.

By the time you read this I really hope these two esxui things have been fixed:

–jeroen

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