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Selenium Test Suite on Ubuntu

Nov 09, 2011
Belen Padilla
Belen Padilla

In case you have a Ubuntu server running Hudson (software for Continuous Integration), you may want to make a first attempt to run a Selenium test suite in command line before setting up a Hudson job that automatically runs the test suite.

Let’s suppose you already have a test suite; if not, check my previous post: How to create a test suite in Selenium, where I created a simple test suite composed of 2 test cases, one that checks the elements present in Google Sign up form and other that tests the error messages texts when you submit the sign up form with all fields empty.

I am going to assume your local machine is Windows and that you are going to use these tools to work with the Ubuntu server:

  • Putty (terminal emulator application)
  • WinSCP (FTP client for Windows)
  • For using these tools you just need to know the IP address, user and password to access the Ubuntu Server.

In the following sections, I am going to show you how to install Selenium RC on Ubuntu and how to run the test suite. In case you don’t have a X server running, I am also going to show you how to use xvfb and capture a screenshot with xwd  to see if everything work as expected.

Install Selenium RC on Ubuntu

  1. Download the zip file from Selenium in the server or use WinSCP to copy the zip file from your machine to the server.

  2. Open a Putty terminal and connect to the Ubuntu server

  3. Change to the directory, where you will have Selenium RC.

  4. unzip [selenium RC zip file]

Copy the Selenium test suite and test cases from your machine to the Ubuntu server

  1. Open WinSCP.
  2. Connect to Ubuntu server.
  3. Copy the files from your machine to a location in the server.

For example, these files:

  • Test Suite file: TestSuite.html
  • Test cases files:
    • GoogleSignUpform.html
    • GoogleSignUpdErrors.html
  • Test Results file: TestResults.html (this is an empty HTML file for saving test results)

Edit your HTML test suite file

The HTML test suite file contains the file location of each test case in your local machine. You need to edit the file location of each test case with the location in the Ubuntu server.

WinSCP is a remote editor, you can use it to open and edit the test suite file.

Run Selenium RC to execute your test

  1. Open a Putty terminal.
  2. Connect to the Ubuntu server.
  3. Go to the location where you unzipped Selenium RC.
  4. Execute the command:

    java -jar selenium-server.jar -htmlSuite *[browser] [initial address] [test suite location] [test result html file for results]

    For example:

    java -jar selenium-server.jar -htmlSuite *firefox /home/oshyn/projects/selenium/TestResults.html

    You will get the following error, as Firefox in the Ubuntu server requires a display:

    Error: no display specified …. HTML suite exception seen:

You get this error when no X server is running and in this case Firefox needs a X server.

Set up a Virtual Display with xvfb

I found this very useful article, in which the author shows some very simple steps to set up the virtual display with xvfb (virtual framebuffer). In summary you need to:

  1. Download xvfb, by running in a putty terminal:

    sudo aptitude install xvfb

    xvfb is normally installed in /usr/bin/xvfb

  2. Execute xvfb to specify the display you will use:

    /usr/bin/Xvfb :7 -ac -screen 0 1024x768x8

    :7 makes xvfb use display 7

    -ac Disables access control to the X server, enabling access by any host

    (Useful for running test suites remotely)

    -screen 0 1024x768x8 creates screen 0 on the chosen display (7) at resolution 1024x768 and 8-bit color depth.

These errors and warnings may appear but command will still run:

expected keysym, got XF86KbdLightOnOff: line 70 of pc

expected keysym, got XF86KbdBrightnessDown: line 71 of pc

expected keysym, got XF86KbdBrightnessUp: line 72 of pc

Could not init font path element /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType, removing from list!

FreeFontPath: FPE "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc" refcount is 2, should be 1; fixing.

Run the test suite with the virtual display

After you installed and configured xvfb to use a specific display:

  1. In another Putty terminal, set the DISPLAY variable to use the display you configured with xvfb:

    export DISPLAY=":7.0"

  2. Execute the command:

    java -jar selenium-server.jar -htmlSuite *[browser] [initial address] [test suite location] [test result html file for results]

    For example:

    java -jar selenium-server.jar -htmlSuite *firefox /home/oshyn/projects/selenium/TestSuite.html /home/oshyn/projects/selenium/TestResults.html

Now you won’t get the error: “Error: no display specified …. HTML suite exception seen:”

You can copy the result HTML file to you machine using WinSCP.

Take a screenshot of the server

After running the test, you may want to take a screenshot of the X window to see if no errors appear.

To do this, you can use xwd program, which will store the window image as a dump file.

In a Putty terminal, run this command:

xwd -root -display :7.0 -out firefox

7.0 is the display in which we run the Test suite.

firefox is the name of the dump file.

In order to convert the dump file in a png file, you can download ImageMagick by running this command in a Putty terminal:

sudo apt-get install imagemagick

Then to convert the dump file into a .png file:

convert firefox firefox.png

Again, you can copy the .png file to your machine using WinSCP.

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