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How to run Infection only for changed files

If you have thousands of files and too many tests, running Mutation Testing can take hours for your project. In this case, it’s very convenient to run it only for the modified files.

Assuming you are on a feature branch, and the main branch is master, we can do it as the following:

CHANGED_FILES=$(git diff origin/master --diff-filter=AM --name-only | grep src/ | paste -sd "," -);
INFECTION_FILTER="--filter=${CHANGED_FILES} --ignore-msi-with-no-mutations";

infection --threads=4 $INFECTION_FILTER

The --diff-filter=AM returns only added and modified files, because we are not going to use removed ones.

The --ignore-msi-with-no-mutations option tells Infection to not error on min MSI when we have 0 mutations.

Example for Travis CI:

- stage: Mutation Testing
- |
if [[ "${TRAVIS_PULL_REQUEST}" == "false" ]]; then
git remote set-branches --add origin $TRAVIS_BRANCH;
git fetch;
CHANGED_FILES=$(git diff origin/$TRAVIS_BRANCH --diff-filter=AM --name-only | grep src/ | paste -sd "," -);
INFECTION_FILTER="--filter=${CHANGED_FILES} --ignore-msi-with-no-mutations";


infection --threads=4 --log-verbosity=none $INFECTION_FILTER

For each job, Travis CI fetches only tested branch:

git clone --depth=50 --branch=feature/branch

That’s why we need to fetch $TRAVIS_BRANCH as well to make a git diff possible. Otherwise, you will get an error:

fatal: ambiguous argument 'origin/master': unknown revision or path not in the working tree.