X Integration test suite

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at who-t.net
Wed Aug 29 21:13:05 PDT 2012

On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 04:22:33PM -0700, Chase Douglas wrote:
> On 08/29/2012 03:36 PM, Peter Hutterer wrote:
> >On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 01:14:35PM -0700, Chase Douglas wrote:
> >>On 08/28/2012 03:57 AM, Peter Hutterer wrote:
> >>>One of the things I've spent quite a bit of time on over the last weeks
> >>>is a test suite. Chase tried to get some integration tests into the X
> >>>server repo a while ago but I think a standalone repo is best (for now
> >>>anyway).
> >>>
> >>>I've pushed the current set of tests to
> >>>http://cgit.freedesktop.org/~whot/xorg-integration-tests/, with a
> >>>lengthier explanation here:
> >>>http://who-t.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/xorg-integration-test-suite.html
> >>>
> >>>Long story short, the xorg integration tests (XIT) are built on
> >>>googletest and xorg-gtest, i.e. written in C++. Most of them write out a
> >>>config, fire up a server, and then either check the log or query the
> >>>server for state. A few tests use evemu devices to send events.
> >>>
> >>>Input testing is relatively simple with these tests since we can emulate
> >>>virtually anything, but I'm not sure yet if such test cases can scale to
> >>>output tests as well. Or even if there are tests that can be fully
> >>>automatic without anyone staring at the screen. I know mesa already has
> >>>such tests.
> >>>
> >>>Any feedback is appreciated, I intend to talk about this a bit more at
> >>>XDC, but in the meantime you can see if it is useful. Right now, the
> >>>bigger issues I'm facing are the build system and scalability if we end
> >>>up with a ton of tests. And the ifdef hell that already started with
> >>>tests covering different X server versions, RHEL support, etc. Any
> >>>epiphanies on how to avoid a train wreck would be appreciated.
> >>
> >>Overall, I'm quite pleased with how things have progressed :).
> >>
> >>As for the run time issue, I assume you are mostly hitting it during
> >>device tests. Could you find a way to set up all the input config
> >>blocks you need into the same context, and then start the tests
> >>against a single server?
> >
> >most of the tests (so far) require a specific InputDevice section that may
> >or may not be CorePointer, or require some xorg.conf option to toggle the
> >defaults. there are plenty of normal bug tests that don't need that, though
> >then we do run the chance of having state-dependent tests. instead of
> >starting with a clean slate for all of them.
> For those that require specific and different InputDevice sections,
> you could use MatchProductName (or whatever it is) on the name of
> the device, and use different named devices for each test.
> Normal tests should be run on the same server instance. If there is
> any state dependency, that's also the sign of a bug. In the end,
> we'd want to be running all of the test in a sequential order, and
> then in a random order. The sequential order will be a stable test
> suite, the random order will give us clues if some server state gets
> messed up as we go.

the problem with random orders are that they're hard to reproduce. It
doesn't help me when a random-order test fails if I can't run the tests in
exactly the same order to reproduce. so we'd have to store or print the seed


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