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* [RFC PATCH] selftests: fix build targets behaviour on failures
@ 2019-10-07  8:19 Cristian Marussi
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From: Cristian Marussi @ 2019-10-07  8:19 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: linux-kselftest, linux-arm-kernel, shuah

Currently, when some of the KSFT subsystems specified in TARGETS fails to
build, the toplevel Makefile just keeps carrying on with the build process.

This behaviour is expected and desirable especially in the context of a CI
system running KSelfTest where is not always easy to guarantee that the
most recent and esoteric toolchain's dependencies are respected across all
KSFT TARGETS in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, as of now, this holds true only if the very last of the
subsystems listed in TARGETS happened to be one that could be successfully
built: if the last listed TARGETS fails, it is taken as the whole outcome
of the Makefile target and the complete build/install halts even though
many other preceding subsytems were in fact already successfully built.

Fix the KSFT Makefile behaviour related to all/install targets in order
to fail as a whole only when the all/install targets have failed for all
of the requested TARGETS, while succeeding when at least one of TARGETS
has been successfully built.

Signed-off-by: Cristian Marussi <>
This patch is based on ksft/fixes branch from:


on top of commit:

ce3a67780212 selftests: watchdog: Add command line option to show watchdog_info
 tools/testing/selftests/Makefile | 18 +++++++++++-------
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/testing/selftests/Makefile b/tools/testing/selftests/Makefile
index 4cdbae6f4e61..d907b050e929 100644
--- a/tools/testing/selftests/Makefile
+++ b/tools/testing/selftests/Makefile
@@ -140,11 +140,13 @@ else
 all: khdr
-	@for TARGET in $(TARGETS); do		\
-		mkdir $$BUILD_TARGET  -p;	\
-	done;
+	@ret=1;							\
+	for TARGET in $(TARGETS); do				\
+		mkdir $$BUILD_TARGET  -p;			\
+		ret=$$((ret * $$?));				\
+	done; exit $$ret;
 run_tests: all
 	@for TARGET in $(TARGETS); do \
@@ -192,10 +194,12 @@ ifdef INSTALL_PATH
 	mkdir -p $(INSTALL_PATH)/kselftest
 	install -m 744 kselftest/ $(INSTALL_PATH)/kselftest/
 	install -m 744 kselftest/ $(INSTALL_PATH)/kselftest/
-	@for TARGET in $(TARGETS); do \
+	@ret=1;	\
+	for TARGET in $(TARGETS); do \
-	done;
+		ret=$$((ret * $$?));		\
+	done; exit $$ret
 	@# Ask all targets to emit their test scripts
 	echo "#!/bin/sh" > $(ALL_SCRIPT)

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