Using grep to write tests in CI

GitHub Actions workflows fail if any of the steps executes something that returns a non-zero exit code.

Today I learned that grep returns a non-zero exit code if it fails to find any matches.

This means that piping to grep is a really quick way to write a test as part of an Actions workflow.

I wrote a quick soundness check today using the new datasette --get /path option, which runs a fake HTTP request for that path through Datasette and returns the response to standard out. Here's an example:

    - name: Build database
      run: scripts/
    - name: Run tests
      run: |
        datasette . --get /us/pillar-point | grep 'Rocky Beaches'
    - name: Deploy to Vercel

I like this pattern a lot: build a database for a custom Datasette deloyment in CI, run one or more quick soundness checks using grep, then deploy if those checks pass.

Created 2020-08-19T21:26:05-07:00, updated 2020-08-22T21:18:06-07:00 · History · Edit