Automatic GUI Testing on Ubuntu

Ma Xiaojun damage3025 at
Sat Oct 27 21:40:11 UTC 2012

I guess a very basis of automatic GUI testing is the ability to get 
texts of a particular window through a script / program.

As I used Windows previously, I'd say I miss GetWindowText function and 
Spy++ utility somehow.

I noticed a tool called Dogtail, which seems to be the right tool for 
my need.

However, "python-dogtail" package in Ubuntu repository is ridiculously 
outdated; it is not upgraded since 8.04:
It doesn't even start on 12.04.

It is a package from Debian. It doesn't surprise me that much since 
Debian develops few, if any, real GUI apps.

Ubuntu is different in a sense that Ubuntu develops Unity, Software 
Center, Ubuntu One, ... in addition to package whatever upstream offers.

I wonder, does Ubuntu developer have better tools I don't know or they 
simply don't bother to do automatic testing.

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