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This vignette is for EDIutils maintainers and developers.

Some tests require authentication and a minimal data package for evaluation and upload. This vignette demonstrates how to create and run these tests with testthat.

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Use the “staging” Environment!

The EDI repository “staging” environment is a sandbox for testing data package rendering, etc. Do not use the “production” environment for testing. The “production” environment is where publication quality data are released.

Create Tests

Requiring Authentication

The first line of any test requiring authentication should include skip_if_logged_out(). This is an internal use only function located in R/utilities.R. Tests including this line will be skipped unless the R environment variable EDI_TOKEN is set. Use login() to set this variable.


context("Create journal citation")

testthat::test_that("Test attributes of returned object", {
  journalCitationId <- create_journal_citation(
    packageId = get_test_package(), 
    articleDoi = "10.1890/11-1026.1",
    articleUrl = "",
    articleTitle = "Corridors promote fire via connectivity and edge effects",
    journalTitle = "Ecological Applications",
    relationType = "IsCitedBy",
    env = "staging")
  expect_type(journalCitationId, "double")
  res <- delete_journal_citation(journalCitationId, env = "staging")

Requiring Data Package Evaluation or Upload

If evaluation or upload of a data package is required by the test, then include a second line skip_if_missing_eml_config(). Tests including this line will be skipped unless the R environment variables EDI_USERID and EDI_TEST_URL are set. Use config_test_eml() to set these variables.

To set up the minimal test data package:

  1. Copy the test data object at inst/extdata/data.txt to a web accessible location. The EDI repository will download this data object by it’s URL. The URL cannot present any redirects or else the EDI repository will not have access.

  2. Add create_test_eml() to create an EML metadata file within the context of the test. Data packages require unique identifiers that often change from test to test.


context("Evaluate data package")

testthat::test_that("Test attributes of returned object", {
  # Create data package for evaluation
  identifier <- create_reservation(scope = "edi", env = "staging")
  packageId <- paste0("edi.", identifier, ".1")
  eml <- create_test_eml(path = tempdir(), packageId = packageId)
  on.exit(file.remove(eml), add = TRUE, after = FALSE)
  # Evaluate
  transaction <- evaluate_data_package(eml, env = "staging")
  res <- check_status_evaluate(transaction, env = "staging")
  # Read evaluation report
  report <- read_evaluate_report(transaction, env = "staging")
  expect_true("xml_document" %in% class(report))
  delete_reservation("edi", identifier, env = "staging")

Run Tests

  1. Authenticate with login()

  2. Configure test data package with config_test_eml()

  3. Run test suite devtools::test()