Guidance about binary / data files for JTREG tests

Brian Burkhalter brian.burkhalter at
Tue Apr 29 19:18:03 UTC 2014

Thanks, everyone, for comments.

The issue has been circumvented in this case by programmatically generating the contents of the data file in question:


On Apr 29, 2014, at 5:35 AM, Alan Bateman <Alan.Bateman at> wrote:

> On 29/04/2014 11:31, Wang Weijun wrote:
>> :
>> If I understand correctly, the reason why binary data is not preferable is not because they are not printable, but not human readable. Encoding them to BASE64 or HEX does not really solve the problem. What you need to do is precisely describing how to create the file so that a reader is able to recreate it.
> The other thing that came up previously is distributions that have a policy of not allowing binary files. If I'm not mistake then they are deleted by downstream patches, which in this case would lead to a test failure.
> -Alan.

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