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What's the recommended way to start testing the Bitcoin Core source code.

Thanks in advance, Jim

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    What do you mean by 'testing'? The source is available at github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/ , do what you will with it – chytrik Sep 8 '18 at 22:46
  • @chytrik I'm talking about testing for verification of bug fixes. I'm assuming that testing code will get me familiar enough with the code to start fixing bugs myself. – J. Dev Sep 9 '18 at 0:52
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What's the recommended way to start testing the Bitcoin Core source code?

testing for verification of bug fixes

See https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/master/src/test/README.md which says:

To run the bitcoind tests manually, launch src/test/test_bitcoin. To recompile after a test file was modified, run make and then run the test again. If you modify a non-test file, use make -C src/test to recompile only what's needed to run the bitcoind tests.

To add more bitcoind tests, add BOOST_AUTO_TEST_CASE functions to the existing .cpp files in the test/ directory or add new .cpp files that implement new BOOST_AUTO_TEST_SUITE sections.

To run the bitcoin-qt tests manually, launch src/qt/test/test_bitcoin-qt

To add more bitcoin-qt tests, add them to the src/qt/test/ directory and the src/qt/test/test_main.cpp file.

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