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The test scope refers to the file or set of files for testing. Use the  -resource switch followed by a path in the solution to define the scope. Do not use file system paths to define the scope. Use the Visual Studio Solution Explorer path instead.

If you are running analysis from your IDE, a source file that is open in the active editor has higher priority than resources defined with Solution Explorer and only this file will be analyzed.

Testing a Single Project in a Solution 

dottestcli.exe -solution "C:\Devel\FooSolution\FooSolution.sln" 
-resource "FooSolution/QuxProject"
-config "builtin://Demo" -report "C:\Report"

Testing a Single Directory of Files in a Project  

dottestcli.exe -solution "C:\Devel\FooSolution\FooSolution.sln" 
-resource "FooSolution/BarProject/QuxDirectory"
-config "builtin://Demo"

Testing a Single Source File

dottestcli.exe -solution "C:\Devel\FooSolution\FooSolution.sln" 
-resource "FooSolution/BarProject/QuxDirectory/BazFile.cs"
-config "builtin://Demo"

Testing a Single Project Under a Solution Folder

dottestcli.exe -solution "C:\Devel\FooSolution\FooSolution.sln" 
-resource "FooSolution/BarSolutionFolder/QuxProject"
-config "builtin://Demo" -report "C:\Report"

Testing a Single Source File When No Solution is Provided

Because the name of the solution is unknown, the solution path should start with /:

dottestcli.exe -project "C:\Devel\FooSolution\FooProject.csproj" 
-resource "/FooProject/BarDirectory/QuxFile.cs"
-config "builtin://Demo" -report "C:\Report"

Fine-tuning the Scope

Use the -include and -exclude switches to apply additional filters to the scope.

  • -include instructs dotTEST to test only the files that match the file system path; all other files are skipped.
  • -exclude instructs dotTEST to test all files except for those that match the file system path.

If both switches are specified, then all files that match -include, but not those that match -exclude patterns are tested.

These switches accept file system paths and ANT-style wildcards. This is in contrast to the -resource switch, which accepts the solution path and ANT-style wildcards.

The following example shows how to exclude all files under directories *.Tests:

dottestcli.exe -solution "C:\Devel\FooSolution\FooSolution.sln" 
-exclude "C:\Devel\FooSolution\*.Tests\**\*.*"
-config "builtin://Demo" -report "C:\Report"

You can specify a file system path to a list file (*.lst) to include or exclude files in bulk. Each item in the *.lst file is treated as a separate entry.  

Specifying Additional Assemblies

Use the -reference switch to specify a path to additional assemblies needed to resolve dependencies of the analyzed projects.  ANT-style wildcards and relative paths to the current working directory are accepted.


-reference C:\MySolution\ExternalAssemblies\*.dll
-reference C:\MySolution\ExternalAssemblies\*.exe
-reference C:\MySolution\ExternalAssemblies\**\*.dll
-reference C:\MySolution\ExternalAssemblies\**\*.dll

Use the -reference switch if you receive an "Unable to find reference assembly" message.

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