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From: Shuah Khan <shuah@kernel.org>
To: Brendan Higgins <brendanhiggins@google.com>,
	gregkh@linuxfoundation.org, keescook@google.com,
Cc: brakmo@fb.com, robh@kernel.org, richard@nod.at,
	dri-devel@lists.freedesktop.org, linux-nvdimm@lists.01.org,
	mpe@ellerman.id.au, Tim.Bird@sony.com,
	linux-um@lists.infradead.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	rostedt@goodmis.org, kieran.bingham@ideasonboard.com,
	julia.lawall@lip6.fr, joel@jms.id.au,
	linux-kselftest@vger.kernel.org, khilman@baylibre.com,
	joe@perches.com, daniel@ffwll.ch, Shuah Khan <shuah@kernel.org>,
	jdike@addtoit.com, kunit-dev@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [RFC v2 00/14] kunit: introduce KUnit, the Linux kernel unit testing framework
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2018 12:23:53 -0600	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <f3682d48-6f27-5eef-8274-02f90dd65188@kernel.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20181023235750.103146-1-brendanhiggins@google.com>

Hi Brendan,

On 10/23/2018 05:57 PM, Brendan Higgins wrote:
> This patch set proposes KUnit, a lightweight unit testing and mocking
> framework for the Linux kernel.
> Unlike Autotest and kselftest, KUnit is a true unit testing framework;
> it does not require installing the kernel on a test machine or in a VM
> and does not require tests to be written in userspace running on a host
> kernel. Additionally, KUnit is fast: From invocation to completion KUnit
> can run several dozen tests in under a second. Currently, the entire
> KUnit test suite for KUnit runs in under a second from the initial
> invocation (build time excluded).
> KUnit is heavily inspired by JUnit, Python's unittest.mock, and
> Googletest/Googlemock for C++. KUnit provides facilities for defining
> unit test cases, grouping related test cases into test suites, providing
> common infrastructure for running tests, mocking, spying, and much more.
> ## What's so special about unit testing?
> A unit test is supposed to test a single unit of code in isolation,
> hence the name. There should be no dependencies outside the control of
> the test; this means no external dependencies, which makes tests orders
> of magnitudes faster. Likewise, since there are no external dependencies,
> there are no hoops to jump through to run the tests. Additionally, this
> makes unit tests deterministic: a failing unit test always indicates a
> problem. Finally, because unit tests necessarily have finer granularity,
> they are able to test all code paths easily solving the classic problem
> of difficulty in exercising error handling code.
> ## Is KUnit trying to replace other testing frameworks for the kernel?
> No. Most existing tests for the Linux kernel are end-to-end tests, which
> have their place. A well tested system has lots of unit tests, a
> reasonable number of integration tests, and some end-to-end tests. KUnit
> is just trying to address the unit test space which is currently not
> being addressed.
> ## More information on KUnit
> There is a bunch of documentation near the end of this patch set that
> describes how to use KUnit and best practices for writing unit tests.
> For convenience I am hosting the compiled docs here:
> https://google.github.io/kunit-docs/third_party/kernel/docs/
> ## Changes Since Last Version
>  - Updated patchset to apply cleanly on 4.19.
>  - Stripped down patchset to focus on just the core features (I dropped
>    mocking, spying, and the MMIO stuff for now; you can find these
>    patches here: https://kunit-review.googlesource.com/c/linux/+/1132),
>    as suggested by Rob.
>  - Cleaned up some of the commit messages and tweaked commit order a
>    bit based on suggestions.

Framework looks good. I think it would be helpful to include a real test
in the patch series to get a feel for how effective it is.

On one hand, KUnit stands on its own as its own and maybe it should be placed in
under tools/testing/KUnit, however I am wondering would it be beneficial for the
framework to under selftests.

I am a bit concerned about the number of test framework we have at the moment and
are we running the risk of fragmenting the landscape. I am concerned if this would
lead to developer confusion as to where to add tests.

That being said, I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other.

btw I started playing with kunit following the instructions and ran into problems:

usage: kunit.py [-h] {run,new} ...

Helps writing and running KUnit tests.

positional arguments:
    run       Runs KUnit tests.
    new       Prints out boilerplate for writing new tests.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit

./tools/testing/kunit/kunit.py run
Regenerating .config ...
ERROR:root:Provided Kconfig is not contained in validated .config!

-- Shuah
Linux-nvdimm mailing list

  parent reply	other threads:[~2018-11-02 18:23 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 30+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-10-23 23:57 Brendan Higgins
     [not found] ` <20181023235750.103146-1-brendanhiggins-hpIqsD4AKlfQT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org>
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 01/14] kunit: test: add KUnit test runner core Brendan Higgins
2018-11-02 18:44     ` Shuah Khan
     [not found]       ` <017b111f-d960-c1ef-46ae-eb0eb639fe5b-DgEjT+Ai2ygdnm+yROfE0A@public.gmane.org>
2018-11-07  1:28         ` Brendan Higgins
2018-11-07 20:02           ` Shuah Khan
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 02/14] kunit: test: add test resource management API Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 03/14] kunit: test: add string_stream a std::stream like string builder Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 04/14] kunit: test: add test_stream a std::stream like logger Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 05/14] kunit: test: add the concept of expectations Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 06/14] arch: um: enable running kunit from User Mode Linux Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 07/14] kunit: test: add initial tests Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 08/14] arch: um: add shim to trap to allow installing a fault catcher for tests Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 09/14] kunit: test: add the concept of assertions Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 10/14] kunit: add Python libraries for handing KUnit config and kernel Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 11/14] kunit: add KUnit wrapper script and simple output parser Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 12/14] kunit.py: improve output from python wrapper Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 13/14] Documentation: kunit: add documentation for KUnit Brendan Higgins
2018-10-23 23:57   ` [RFC v2 14/14] MAINTAINERS: add entry for KUnit the unit testing framework Brendan Higgins
2018-10-24  9:14 ` [RFC v2 00/14] kunit: introduce KUnit, the Linux kernel " Daniel Vetter
2018-10-25 21:25   ` Brendan Higgins
2018-10-25 17:40 ` Shuah Khan
2018-11-02 18:23 ` Shuah Khan [this message]
2018-11-07  1:17   ` Brendan Higgins
2018-11-07 17:46     ` Frank Rowand
     [not found]       ` <04f677b1-bc44-f004-cf2a-51b47baf0965-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
2018-11-13 10:10         ` Brendan Higgins
2018-11-24  5:15 ` Knut Omang
     [not found]   ` <1543036529.4680.655.camel-QHcLZuEGTsvQT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org>
2018-11-27  1:41     ` Brendan Higgins
2018-11-28 19:54       ` Knut Omang
2018-11-28 20:50         ` shuah
2018-11-30  0:59           ` Luis Chamberlain

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