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Futex Test
Futex Test is intended to thoroughly test the Linux kernel futex system call
Functional tests shall test the documented behavior of the futex operation
code under test. This includes checking for proper behavior under normal use,
odd corner cases, regression tests, and abject abuse and misuse.
Futextest will also provide example implementation of mutual exclusion
primitives. These can be used as is in user applications or can serve as
examples for system libraries. These will likely be added to either a new lib/
directory or purely as header files under include/, I'm leaning toward the
Quick Start
# make
# ./
Design and Implementation Goals
o Tests should be as self contained as is practical so as to facilitate sharing
the individual tests on mailing list discussions and bug reports.
o The build system shall remain as simple as possible, avoiding any archive or
shared object building and linking.
o Where possible, any helper functions or other package-wide code shall be
implemented in header files, avoiding the need to compile intermediate object
o External dependencies shall remain as minimal as possible. Currently gcc
and glibc are the only dependencies.
o Tests return 0 for success and < 0 for failure.
Output Formatting
Test output shall be easily parsable by both human and machine. Title and
results are printed to stdout, while intermediate ERROR or FAIL messages are
sent to stderr. Tests shall support the -c option to print PASS, FAIL, and
ERROR strings in color for easy visual parsing. Output shall conform to the
following format:
test_name: Description of the test
Arguments: arg1=val1 #units specified for clarity where appropriate
ERROR: Description of unexpected error
FAIL: Reason for test failure
# FIXME: Perhaps an " INFO: informational message" option would be
# useful here. Using -v to toggle it them on and off, as with -c.
# there may be multiple ERROR or FAIL messages
o FIXME: decide on a sane test naming scheme. Currently the tests are named
based on the primary futex operation they test. Eventually this will become a
problem as we intend to write multiple tests which collide in this namespace.
Perhaps something like "wait-wake-1" "wait-wake-2" is adequate, leaving the
detailed description in the test source and the output.
Coding Style
o The Futex Test project adheres to the coding standards set forth by Linux
kernel as defined in the Linux source Documentation/process/coding-style.rst.