Programmatically controlling a unix application

Posted on 2002-07-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I have an application running on Solaris that has a very weak API. Some features are only available through it's user interface.

I need some examples of how one might go about programmatically controlling the application. I basically need to press some buttons and change text in edit boxes.

I've done this in Windows, but never unix. The application can use c/c++, java, perl, tcl, whatever (I'm familiar with all of these).
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I can think of following solutions:

 1. purchase a software which can do this (sorry, don't have a produckt handy, but have a look at
 2. check if the application uses standard X resources
    That would be the most simplest way, 'cause you then can write a application resource file where all your values are filled in, and call the application which then should use these values (not shure if it works for events on buttons)
 3. write your own X-program which attaches to the application and fills in the values (X send), this requires that the application allowed the X send mechanism
 4. Tcl/Tk comes with a demo/rmt program which uses X send,
    unfortunately this demo can only talk to other Tcl/Tk applications, I'm not shure if it can be improved to talk to any X application

The most simple way is 1., I know that such products exist, at least for testing applications (stress test for example)
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