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    This package is intended to test integration with CouchDB. Although it can in theory be used on its own, the harness provided by this package is designed to interact with and tested exclusively with the Fluid IoC Test Framework and the test fixtures provided by this package.


    The harness provided by this package can be run in one of three modes:

    1. Docker
    2. Vagrant
    3. "External"


    By default, the harness attempts to launch a Docker container with an instance of CouchDB. At time of writing, this is conservatively pinned to CouchDB 2.3.1 (see below for details about CouchDB 3.0).


    If you are in an environment (such as Windows 7) where running Docker is not possible, you can set the FLUID_TEST_COUCH_USE_VAGRANT environment variable to use Vagrant instead. See below for details. This will use the same version of CouchDB as the Docker route.


    If you would like to use your own standalone instance of CouchDB, configure it to listen to the same port used by the tests in this package (25984) and set the FLUID_TEST_COUCH_USE_EXTERNAL environment variable. This mode is used by our CI setup, and the tests are run against the latest version of the CouchDB docker container (3.x at time of writing).

    Please note, when using an "external" instance, you must ensure that an administrative user named admin exists, whose password is set to admin. In CouchDB 2.x, the default was to use the "admin party", where no username/password is required to access administrative functions. In CouchDB 3.0 and higher, "admin party" has been removed and you must have an administrative username and password set. Thankfully, the process of configuring these at least for docker containers is the same for both CouchDB 2.x and 3.x, i.e. you set two environment variables when creating the container.

    You can see examples of these environment variables in the GitHub Actions workflow found in this package's .github folder.

    Running the Tests

    To run the tests for this package on a local machine, you must have either Docker, Vagrant, or a local instance of CouchDB installed (see above).

    Running the Tests Locally

    To run tests using docker, use the command npm test. The required Docker containers will be automatically started if they are not already running. To run the tests using Docker or Vagrant, set the relevant environment variable (see above).

    More Information

    1. More information about the test fixtures provided by this package.
    2. More information about the harness provided by this package.




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