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Status Not under consideration
Categories Performance Tester
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 5, 2021

pre-populate Test->Recording->Proxy Recording filters with well known junk domains

RPT allows the use of filters when recording to filter out domains at recording time so they don't have to be filtered out at test generation time.

The problem is this list is empty, and a bit tricky to use

Refer to junk1.jpg for the Preference in question


What are the well known junk domains? Depends on the browser:

  • junk2.jpg shows junk domains captured by recording with Firefox. I didn't go to any websites when recording, just let FF sit there and let the packets get recorded

  • junk3_EE.jpg shows the junk domains captured by recording with EE. Same MO: record but don't do anything and let the packet count rise

  • junk4_chrome.jpg is the same when recording with Chrome

Why is it useful?

This is very useful:

  1. time would be saved at test generation time because these well known junk domains won't be captured at all then thus don't need to be filtered out

  2. the recording will be smaller. With EE, Chrome, and MS Edge, RPT sets the recording proxy by setting the Windows system proxy, so a lot of traffic gets captured that's useless. Smaller tests mean quicker test generation time

  3. no need to edit browser settings to try to avoid some of these domains. Example: turning off Firefox Data Collection and Use will avoid some, but not all, junk traffic being captured

4. Sure the list of filtered domains can be remembered at test generation time, but this list of filtered domains never makes it to the Windows->Preferences->est->Recording->Proxy Recording list of filters.

5. if someone forgets to filter out junk domains in their test they would need to regenerate the test again, this time to filter out junk domains.

We know that junk domains will be captured, let's filter them out up front. Junk domains are annoying, and some tests have a lot of domains in them, distinguishing them from junk ones is time consuming and prone to error

Who would benefit from this IDEA? anyone who does a recording with RPT
Idea Priority Medium