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Throw if the requested registry file doesn't exist

Marek Szuba requested to merge experimental/require_valid_registry_file into master

Created by: muffato

Use case

When a worker or beekeeper is invoked with a wrong reg_conf argument, there is no explicit warning / error message, only potentially an error about the reg_alias not being found in the Registry.


Registry::load_all already has a flag to require the file to exist. I merely enable it and we now get a much clearer error message.

Possible Drawbacks

This is a breaking change for people who use a url and an invalid reg_conf at the same time. Previously, there would have been no warnings about the invalid reg_conf, and the database would have been connected to via its URL. Now eHive is going to complain about the reg_conf,


Have you added/modified unit tests to test the changes?

Yes, but requires Ensembl/ensembl#408

If so, do the tests pass/fail?


Have you run the entire test suite and no regression was detected?


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