[PATCH] documentation: Add instructions on how to run the unit test infrastructure.

Kyle Mestery kmestery at cisco.com
Wed Feb 27 16:08:49 UTC 2013


Signed-off-by: Kyle Mestery <kmestery at cisco.com>
Co-authored-by: Ben Pfaff <blp at nicira.com>
Signed-off-by: Ben Pfaff <blp at nicira.com>
---
 INSTALL |   64 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
 1 files changed, 60 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/INSTALL b/INSTALL
index 275e86e..c72df94 100644
--- a/INSTALL
+++ b/INSTALL
@@ -202,12 +202,15 @@ Prerequisites section, follow the procedure below to build.
    For improved warnings if you installed "sparse" (see
    "Prerequisites"), add C=1 to the "make" command line.
 
-4. Become root by running "su" or another program.
+4. Consider running the testsuite.  Refer to "Running the Testsuite"
+   below, for instructions.
 
-5. Run "make install" to install the executables and manpages into the
+5. Become root by running "su" or another program.
+
+6. Run "make install" to install the executables and manpages into the
    running system, by default under /usr/local.
 
-6. If you built kernel modules, you may load them with "insmod", e.g.:
+7. If you built kernel modules, you may load them with "insmod", e.g.:
 
       % insmod datapath/linux/openvswitch.ko
 
@@ -267,7 +270,7 @@ Prerequisites section, follow the procedure below to build.
 
       % make modules_install
 
-7. Initialize the configuration database using ovsdb-tool, e.g.:
+8. Initialize the configuration database using ovsdb-tool, e.g.:
 
       % mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/openvswitch
       % ovsdb-tool create /usr/local/etc/openvswitch/conf.db vswitchd/vswitch.ovsschema
@@ -341,6 +344,59 @@ also upgrade the database schema:
 4. Start the Open vSwitch daemons as described under "Building and
    Installing Open vSwitch for Linux or FreeBSD" above.
 
+Running the Testsuite
+=====================
+
+Open vSwitch includes a testsuite.  Before submitting patches
+upstream, we advise running the tests and ensuring that they pass
+pass.  If you are adding new features to Open vSwitch, adding tests
+will ensure your feature doesn't break as developers are modifying
+other areas of Open vSwitch.
+
+You must configure and build Open vSwitch before running the testsuite
+(steps 1 through 3 in "Building and Installing Open vSwitch for Linux
+or FreeBSD" above).  You do not need to install Open vSwitch or load
+the kernel module to run the testsuite.  Running the testsuite does
+not require supervisor privilege.
+
+To run all the unit tests in Open vSwitch, one at a time:
+      make check
+This takes under 5 minutes on a modern desktop system.
+
+To run all the unit tests in Open vSwitch, up to 8 in parallel:
+      make check TESTSUITEFLAGS=-j8
+This takes under a minute on a modern 4-core desktop system.
+
+To see a list of all the available tests, run:
+      make check TESTSUITEFLAGS=--list
+
+To run only a subset of tests, e.g. test 123 and tests 477 through 484:
+      make check TESTSUITEFLAGS='123 477-484'
+(Tests do not have inter-dependencies, so you may run any subset.)
+
+To run tests matching a keyword, e.g. "ovsdb":
+      make check TESTSUITEFLAGS='-k ovsdb'
+
+To see a complete list of test options:
+      make check TESTSUITEFLAGS=--help
+
+The results of a testing run are reported in tests/testsuite.log.
+Please report test failures as bugs and include the testsuite.log in
+your report.
+
+If you have "valgrind" installed, then you can also run the testsuite
+under valgrind by using "make check-valgrind" in place of "make
+check".  All the same options are available via TESTSUITEFLAGS.  When
+you do this, the "valgrind" results for test <N> are reported in files
+named tests/testsuite.dir/<N>/valgrind.*.  You may find that the
+valgrind results are easier to interpret if you put "-q" in
+~/.valgrindrc, since that reduces the amount of
+
+Sometimes a few tests may fail on some runs but not others.  This is
+usually a bug in the testsuite, not a bug in Open vSwitch itself.  If
+you find that a test fails intermittently, please report it, since the
+developers may not have noticed.
+
 Bug Reporting
 -------------
 
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