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While a test can actually be any sort of executable, it is expected that these tests will follow certain basic criteria. This helps to ensure that the test suite is easy to interpret. The output is controlled by the master script, and output is in the form of pass, fail, or skipped. All other output is redirected to the log file.

Return Codes:

Return codes are the basis for a pass/fail/skip rating, and every test should follow these return codes:

  • 0 - A successful test completion
  • 3 - Test skipped
  • Anything else is interpreted as fail and the user is asked to check the log for more details.

Clean up:

Each test should clean up after itself. Residue from a test should never impact any other test. If you are creating something, destroy it when you finish.

Directory Structure:

Each test should be contained in a unique directory within the appropriate top level. The directory must contain an executable '' which will drive the specific test. There is no guarantee on the order of execution. Each test should be fully independent, and have no dependency on other tests. The top level directories are reflective of how the master test suite is called. Each option is a super-set of the options before it. At this time we have:

  • minimal: This directory should include small, fast, and important tests which would should be run on every system.
  • default: This directory will include most tests which are not destructive, or particularly long to run. When a user runs with no flags, all tests in both default and minimal will be run.
  • stress: This directory will include longer running and more resource intensive tests which a user might not want to run in the common case due to time or resource constraints.
  • destructive: This directory contains tests which have a higher probability of causing harm to a system even in the pass case. This would include things like potential for data loss.
  • performance: This directory contains longer running performance tests. These tests should typically be the only load on a system to get an accurate result.

Test Execution:

Each test is executed by the control script by calling stdout and stderr are both redirected to the log. Any user running with default flags should see nothing but the name of the directory and pass/fail/skip. The should manage the full test run. This includes compiling any necessary source, checking for any specific dependencies, and skipping if they are not met.

Potential for harm:

It is expected that these test will be run on real systems. Any tests which have increased risk of data loss or ill effects should be specified destructive, and placed in the destructive directory. Users wishing to run the full destructive test run are prompted loudly before it continues. The last thing we want to do is make ordinary users afraid to run the test suite.


As a large number of tests are written as simple shell scripts, and many of these tests need to perform a series of the same functions, a "library" has been created to allow for reuse. source the testutil file as needed. Any functions added to testutil should be clearly commented with purpose and use.

Where to find the source

The source tree may have a newer version of this document. It is always available in the git tree on pagure