Automatic GUI Testing on Ubuntu

Nicholas Skaggs nicholas.skaggs at
Tue Oct 30 15:30:03 UTC 2012

On 10/27/2012 11:40 PM, Ma Xiaojun wrote:
> 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 outdated; it is not upgraded since 8.04: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.
Have a look at xpresser and autopilot. These tools are both used to do 
automated testing along with testing frameworks like UTAH. If your 
interested in doing testing within ubuntu, I'd encourage you to come 
check us out on the ubuntu quality team:


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