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The Demodocus Framework is a Python 3 application developed both on Windows and OS X and tested with continuous integration (CI) on RHEL. Developers should be able to work with any of these platforms. NOTE: we had issues running demodocus on Ubuntu Linux with some lower-level web interactions through selenium. These did not appear when we tested on RHEL.

Documentation files can be found in the docs/ directory. Build them with Makefile located in the top-level directory.

Continuous Integration

The Jenkins-based continuous integration environment can be deployed using the Jenkinsfile located in the top-level directory.

Gitlab CI can be deployed using the .gitlab-ci.yml located in the top-level directory.


Often when you are adding code you will want to run the unit tests. You can run all of the tests by running (from the top-level directory) the command below. This takes about 22 minutes on most laptops.

% python -m unittest

If you would like to run a specific set of tests, you can do so by running a similar command specifying the precise tests you wish to run:

# Run all tests in
% python -m unittest demodocusfw/tests/

# Run single test in
% python -m unittest demodocusfw.tests.TestCrawler.test_list_inaccessible_1_equivalence

Extended Tests

Since the crawling tests often take a long time to run, we have our normal tests only run on shortened examples. However, if you would like the test to be as thorough as possible you can also run the extended tests. Below we set the DEM_RUN_EXTENDED environmental variable to True before running the tests, which lets our testing suite know that we would like to run on the full scale tests. As a forewarning, the difference in runtime between the shortened examples and the full tests is usually an hour or longer.

$ DEM_RUN_EXTENDED=True python -m unittest