cargo-coverage-annotations 0.4.2

Ensure annotations in code match actual coverage.
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Ensure the source code contains annotations that correctly reflect whether it is covered or not.


To install:

cargo install cargo-coverage-annotations


Code coverage is important and there are many tools for computing and displaying it. This tool is for anyone who wants to see at a glance which code is/not covered, even when not using a dedicated coverage viewing tool, whenever looking at the source code itself. This has the downside that the developer needs to keep these annotations up-to-date (which this tools helps in ensuring). The upside is that making coverage explicit makes it more likely that code will be tested, exposes cases when code isn't reached even though tests that "should" be triggering it in fact aren't, and in general properly make code coverage into something the developer can't ignore.


Creating coverage XML file(s)

To run on a cargo project in the current working directory, first generate cobertura.xml files(s) anywhere under the current working directory. There's no standard cargo coverage, so this code was tested against using cargo tarpaulin --out Xml, and (a while back) using cargo kcov (which seems less actively maintained these days).

Of course, other tools generate other coverage file formats, and place them in different places. If you look at CodeCov you will see >1K lines of code for detecting these files, and this doesn't cover the code for parsing the different formats. So, if your favorite tool isn't supported, pull requests are welcome ;-)

Verifying the coverage annotations

To verify that the coverage annotations in the code match the actual coverage, run cargo coverage-annotations. This will merge the coverage information from all the cobertura.xml files, and compare the results with the coverage annotation comments (see below).

Coverage annotations

Coverage annotations are comments that indicate the coverage status of the code lines. By default, code lines are assumed to be covered by tests. Lines that are not tested are expected to end with an explicit // NOT TESTED comment. It is also possible to mark a line with a // MAYBE TESTED comment in special cases (for example, lines that only execute on some platforms). You can use /* ... */ instead of // ... comments in you wish.

Sometimes a whole block of lines needs to be marked. In this case, it is possible to surround such lines with // BEGIN NOT TESTED ... // END NOT TESTED comments (or // BEGIN MAYBE TESTED ... // END MAYBE TESTED). Inside such regions, it is possible to override the annotation for specific lines with // TESTED, // NOT TESTED or // MAYBE TESTED comments.

Some files might not be tested at all. In this case, they must contain in one of their lines a // FILE NOT TESTED or // FILE MAYBE TESTED comment.

Sometimes code lines are actually tested but are not marked as such by the coverage tool (no tool is perfect). To overcome this, you can mark a line (or a region, or a while file) as // FLAKY TESTED. By default, this is treated exactly the same as // MAYBE TESTED. This can also be set explicitly by using --flaky=maybe-tested. You can override this using --flaky=tested which will complain about all the lines the coverage tool got wrong (as untested). More interestingly, you can use --flaky=not-tested to complain about all the lines the coverage tool got right (as tested), which is useful when checking if a new version of the tool has increased its accuracy. If it now (reliably) marks the lines as tested, than the // FLAKY TESTED annotation can be removed.

Coverage annotations are only used for files in the src directory and tests directories. They ensure that when reading the code, one is aware of what is and is not covered by the tests. Of course, line coverage is only the most basic form of coverage tracking; that said, tracking it at each step is surprisingly effective in isolating cases when the code does not behave as expected.


cargo-coverage-annotations is distributed under the GNU General Public License (Version 3.0). See the LICENSE for details.