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Empty file as the output of a job-Defect or data problem?

 
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meharnafis

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Empty file as the output of a job-Defect or data problem?
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If you are getting empty file as the output of a job during testing, how would you ensure that it is defect or data set up problem assuming that this is a black box testing with no access to the program code.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject:
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you can't.

If empty output file condition is 'not allowed' or 'exceptional',
send the program back to development
with the requirement that exceptional conditions generate 'exceptional condition/return codes'.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:38 am    Post subject:
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Hello,

When doing "black box" testing, usually there are multiple sets of input with the expected result of each set of input provided to the testers. . .

You should not have to make a decision about success or failure of the test.

It is surely not sufficient to equate a non-abend to a successful run. . .
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