[Bioperl-l] Tests involving remote databases
bix at sendu.me.uk
Sat Sep 30 09:21:11 UTC 2006
Chris Fields wrote:
> I'm not sure how Bio::Root::HTTPget deals with errors, but you can
> test for several conditions when using LWP (success, error, etc) and
> throw an error accordingly. So you could possibly test $@ with a
> regex for the error message, pass/fail tests based on that, followed
> by skipping further tests.
As I see it, the problem is that for some types response received from
LWP you can't distinguish between a temporary user-specific network
issue and a permanent server problem. What codes were received in the
recent problem cases? 408, 500 and 503 seem ambiguous to me. We could
certainly fail tests on a 404 though.
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