Diagnose CTest failures from logs

CTest automatically logs test outputs to:


If you have a test failure and want to diagnose, first copy this file somewhere else to work with it, in case it gets overwritten. This file is usually quite useful with nice formatting even when running many tests in parallel.

A simple list of all “failed” and “not run” tests are in:


“Not run” tests are those that have FIXTURES_REQUIRED that itself failed or did not run.

At the time of running CTest, one can also use the -O option like:

ctest -O test.log

“ctest -O” only logs what is printed to the screen during the CTest run. If the “ctest -V” option wasn’t used, the extra useful information as in LastTest.log such as the command line run will be missing in “test.log”.