# Automated tests
This documentation is for the original localgov_theme and the associated localgov_skeleton theme, which have been superceded by the localgov_base theme (opens new window) documentation for which is in production.
The theme features some automated tests written with Mocha.js (opens new window) localed in
tests/. The purpose of these tests is to ensure consistency between versions and deployments and to highlight any regression issues, particularly regarding Gulp.
Mocha.js doesn't make assumptions about your assertion library of choice, in this project we opted for Chai (opens new window).
To run the tests you can run
npm test or
npm run health-check. In the future more tests may be added to these, the declaration of the scripts are in the
Generally using the helper functions is the recommended approach, so that if we need to make changes to the functions then it won't affect the written tests.
# Edge cases
There have been some difficulties with automatically testing that some Gulp commands exit without any errors. To get around this we've been running tests that check for those commands using
@jsdevtools/chai-exec and actually running commands using a function wrapping
chai-exec does allow us to easily check that the command ran successfully but the compiled files have their output removed as part of an internal clean up step. As a result when we test for npm commands we test using chai-exec first to ensure it can run and then we re-run the command using the
runCommand() function and then we can test for the compiled files.
You can create your own tests by adding files to the tests folder. The naming convention is generally
xyz.test.js but any JS file should work. You can then add your own script in the package.json to run the file using Mocha.