Testing Guide

We can never have enough testing. Any additional tests you can write are always greatly appreciated.

Unit Tests

Implementing Tests

The UnifyFS Test Suite uses the Test Anything Protocol (TAP) and the Automake test harness. This test suite has two types of TAP tests (shell scripts and C) to allow for testing multiple aspects of UnifyFS.

Shell Script Tests

Test cases in shell scripts are implemented with sharness, which is included in the UnifyFS source distribution. See the file sharness.sh for all available test interfaces. UnifyFS-specific sharness code is implemented in scripts in the directory sharness.d. Scripts in sharness.d are primarily used to set environment variables and define convenience functions. All scripts in sharness.d are automatically included when your script sources sharness.sh.

The most common way to implement a test case with sharness is to use the test_expect_success() function. Your script must first set a test description and source the sharness library. After all tests are defined, your script should call test_done() to print a summary of the test run.

Test cases that demonstrate known breakage should use the sharness function test_expect_failure() to alert developers about the problem without causing the overall test suite to fail. Failing test cases should be tracked with github issues.

Here is an example of a sharness test:

 3test_description="My awesome test cases"
 5. $(dirname $0)/sharness.sh
 7test_expect_success "Verify some critical invariant" '
 8    test 1 -eq 1
11test_expect_failure "Prove this someday" '
12    test "P" == "NP"
15# Various tests available to use inside test_expect_success/failure
16test_expect_success "Show various available tests" '
17    test_path_is_dir /somedir
18    test_must_fail test_dir_is_empty /somedir
19    test_path_is_file /somedir/somefile
22# Use test_set_prereq/test_have_prereq to conditionally skip tests
23[[ -n $(which h5cc 2>/dev/null) ]] && test_set_prereq HAVE_HDF5
24if test_have_prereq HAVE_HDF5; then
25    # run HDF5 tests
28# Can also check for prereq in individual test
29test_expect_success HAVE_HDF5 "Run HDF5 test" '
30    # Run HDF5 test

C Program Tests

C programs use the libtap library to implement test cases. All available testing functions are viewable in the libtap README. Convenience functions common to test cases written in C are implemented in the library lib/testutil.c. If your C program needs to use environment variables set by sharness, it can be wrapped in a shell script that first sources sharness.d/00-test-env.sh and sharness.d/01-unifyfs-settings.sh. Your wrapper shouldn’t normally source sharness.sh itself because the TAP output from sharness might conflict with that from libtap.

The most common way to implement a test with libtap is to use the ok() function. TODO test cases that demonstrate known breakage are surrounded by the libtap library calls todo() and end_todo().

Here are some examples of libtap tests:

 1#include "t/lib/tap.h"
 2#include "t/lib/testutil.h"
 3#include <string.h>
 5int main(int argc, char *argv[])
 7    int result;
 9    result = (1 == 1);
10    ok(result, "1 equals 1: %d", result);
12    /* Or put a function call directly in test */
13    ok(somefunc() == 42, "somefunc() returns 42");
14    ok(somefunc() == -1, "somefunc() should fail");
16    /* Use pass/fail for more complex code paths */
17    int x = somefunc();
18    if (x > 0) {
19        pass("somefunc() returned a valid value");
20    } else {
21        fail("somefunc() returned an invalid value");
22    }
24    /* Use is/isnt for string comparisions */
25    char buf[64] = {0};
26    ok(fread(buf, 12, 1, fd) == 1, "read 12 bytes into buf);
27    is(buf, "hello world", "buf is \"hello world\"");
29    /* Use cmp_mem to test first n bytes of memory */
30    char* a = "foo";
31    char* b = "bar";
32    cmp_mem(a, b, 3);
34    /* Use like/unlike to string match to a POSIX regex */
35    like("stranger", "^s.(r).*\\1$", "matches the regex");
37    /* Use dies_ok/lives_ok to test whether code causes an exit */
38    dies_ok({int x = 0/0;}, "divide by zero crashes");
40    /* Use todo for failing tests to be notified when they start passing */
41    todo("Prove this someday");
42    result = strcmp("P", "NP");
43    ok(result == 0, "P equals NP: %d", result);
44    end_todo;
46    /* Use skip/end_skip when a feature isn't implemented yet, or to
47    conditionally skip when a resource isn't available */
48    skip(TRUE, 2, "Reason for skipping tests");
49    ok(1);
50    ok(2);
51    end_skip;
53    #ifdef HAVE_SOME_FEATURE
54        ok(somefunc());
55        ok(someotherfunc());
56    #else
57        skip(TRUE, 2, "Don't have SOME_FEATURE");
58        end_skip;
59    #endif
61    done_testing();


Including the file and line number, as well as any useful variable values, in each test output can be very helpful when a test fails or needs to be debugged.

ok(somefunc() == 42, "%s:%d somefunc() returns 42", __FILE__,

Also note that errno is only set when an error occurs and is never set back to 0 implicitly by the system. When testing for a failure and using errno as part of the test, setting errno = 0 before the test will ensure a previous test error will not affect the current test. In the following example, we also assign errno to another variable err for use in constructing the test message. This is needed because the ok() macro may use system calls that set errno.

int err, rc;
errno = 0;
rc = systemcall();
err = errno;
ok(rc == -1 && err == ENOTTY,
   "%s:%d systemcall() should fail (errno=%d): %s",
   __FILE__, __LINE__, err, strerror(err));

Adding Tests

The UnifyFS Test Suite uses the Test Anything Protocol (TAP) and the Automake test harness. By convention, test scripts and programs that output TAP are named with a “.t” extension.

To add a new test case to the test harness, follow the existing examples in t/Makefile.am. In short, add your test program to the list of tests in the TESTS variable. If it is a shell script, also add it to check_SCRIPTS so that it gets included in the source distribution tarball.

Test Suites

If multiple tests fit within the same category (i.e., tests for creat and mkdir both fall under tests for sysio) then create a test suite to run those tests. This makes it so less duplication of files and code is needed in order to create additional tests.

To create a new test suite, look at how it is currently done for the sysio_suite in t/Makefile.am and t/sys/sysio_suite.c:

If you’re testing C code, you’ll need to use environment variables set by sharness.

  • Create a shell script, <####-suite-name>.t (the #### indicates the order in which they should be run by the tap-driver), that wraps your suite and sources sharness.d/00-test-env.sh and sharness.d/01-unifyfs-settings.sh

  • Add this file to t/Makefile.am in the TESTS and check_SCRIPTS variables and add the name of the file (but with a .t extension) this script runs to the libexec_PROGRAMS variable

You can then create the test suite file and any tests to be run in this suite.

  • Create a <test_suite_name>.c file (i.e., sysio_suite.c) that will contain the main function and mpi job that drives your suite

    • Mount unifyfs from this file

    • Call testing functions that contain the test cases (created in other files) in the order desired for testing, passing the mount point to those functions

  • Create a <test_suite_name>.h file that declares the names of all the test functions to be run by this suite and include this in the <test_suite_name>.c file

  • Create <test_name>.c files (i.e., open.c) that contains the testing function (i.e., open_test(char* unifyfs_root)) that houses the variables and libtap tests needed to test that individual function

    • Add the function name to the <test_suite_name>.h file

    • Call the function from the <test_suite_name>.c file

The source files and flags for the test suite are then added to the bottom of t/Makefile.am.

  • Add the <test_suite_name>.c and <test_suite_name>.h files to the <test_suite>_SOURCES variable

  • Add additional <test_name>.c files to the <test_suite>_SOURCES variable as they are created

  • Add the associated flags for the test suite (if the suite is for testing wrappers, add a suite and flags for both a gotcha and a static build)

Test Cases

For testing C code, test cases are written using the libtap library. See the C Program Tests section above on how to write these tests.

To add new test cases to any existing suite of tests:

  1. Simply add the desired tests (order matters) to the appropriate <test_name>.c file

If the test cases needing to be written don’t already have a file they belong in (i.e., testing a wrapper that doesn’t have any tests yet):

  1. Creata a <function_name>.c file with a function called <function_name>_test(char* unifyfs_root) that contains the desired libtap test cases

  2. Add the <function_name>_test to the corresponding <test_suite_name>.h file

  3. Add the <function_name>.c file to the bottom of t/Makefile.am under the appropriate <test_suite>_SOURCES variable(s)

  4. The <function_name>_test function can now be called from the <test_suite_name>.c file

Running the Tests

To manually run the UnifyFS unit test suite, simply run make check in a single-node allocation from inside the t/ directory of wherever you built UnifyFS. E.g., if you built in a separate build/ directory, then do:

$ cd build/t
$ make check

If on a system where jobs are launched on a separate compute node, then use your systems local MPI job launch command to run the unit tests:

$ cd build/t
$ srun -N1 -n1 make check

If changes are made to existing files in the test suite, the tests can be run again by simply doing make clean followed by another make check.

Individual tests may be run by hand. The test 0001-setup.t should normally be run first to start the UnifyFS daemon. E.g., to run just the 0100-sysio-gotcha.t tests, do:

$ make check TESTS='0001-setup.t 0100-sysio-gotcha.t 9010-stop-unifyfsd.t 9999-cleanup.t'


Running Unit Tests from Spack Install

If using Spack to install UnifyFS there are two ways to manually run the units tests:

  1. Upon installation with Spack

    spack install -v --test=root unifyfs

  2. Manually from Spack’s build directory

    Open the Spack config file:

    spack config edit config

    Provide Spack a staging path that is visible from a job allocation:

      - /visible/path/allocated/node
      # or build directly inside Spack's install directory
      - $spack/var/spack/stage

    Include the --keep-stage option when installing:

    spack install --keep-stage unifyfs

    spack cd unifyfs

    cd spack-build/t

    Run the tests from the package’s build environment:

    spack build-env unifyfs make check

The tests in https://github.com/LLNL/UnifyFS/tree/dev/t are run automatically using GitHub Actions along with the style checks when a pull request is created or updated. All pull requests must pass these tests before they will be accepted.

Interpreting the Results

After a test runs, its result is printed out consisting of its status followed by its description and potentially a TODO/SKIP message. Once all the tests have completed (either from being run manually or by GitHub Actions), the overall results are printed out, as shown in the image on the right.

There are six possibilities for the status of each test: PASS, FAIL, XFAIL, XPASS, SKIP, and ERROR.


The test had the desired result.


The test did not have the desired result. These must be fixed before any code changes can be accepted.

If a FAIL occurred after code had been added/changed then most likely a bug was introduced that caused the test to fail. Some tests may fail as a result of earlier tests failing. Fix bugs that are causing earlier tests to fail first as, once they start passing, subsequent tests are likely to start passing again as well.


The test was expected to fail, and it did fail.

An XFAIL is created by surrounding a test with todo() and end_todo. These are tests that have identified a bug that was already in the code, but the cause of the bug hasn’t been found/resolved yet. An optional message can be passed to the todo("message") call which will be printed after the test has run. Use this to explain how the test should behave or any thoughts on why it might be failing. An XFAIL is not meant to be used to make a failing test start “passing” if a bug was introduced by code changes.


A test passed that was expected to fail. These must be fixed before any code changes can be accepted.

The relationship of an XPASS to an XFAIL is the same as that of a FAIL to a PASS. An XPASS will typically occur when a bug causing an XFAIL has been fixed and the test has started passing. If this is the case, remove the surrounding todo() and end_todo from the failing test.


The test was skipped.

Tests are skipped because what they are testing hasn’t been implemented yet, or they apply to a feature/variant that wasn’t included in the build (i.e., HDF5). A SKIP is created by surrounding the test(s) with skip(test, n, message) and end_skip where the test is what determines if these tests should be skipped and n is the number of subsequent tests to skip. Remove these if it is no longer desired for those tests to be skipped.


A test or test suite exited with a non-zero status.

When a test fails, the containing test suite will exit with a non-zero status, causing an ERROR. Fixing any test failures should resolve the ERROR.

Running the Examples

To run any of these examples manually, refer to the Example Programs documentation.

The UnifyFS examples are also being used as integration tests with continuous integration tools such as Bamboo or GitLab CI.

Integration Tests

The UnifyFS examples are being used as integration tests with continuation integration tools such as Bamboo or GitLab CI.

To run any of these examples manually, refer to the Example Programs documentation.

Configuration Variables

Along with the already provided UnifyFS Configuration options/environment variables, there are environment variables used by the integration testing suite that can also be set in order to change the default behavior.

Key Variables

These environment variables can be set prior to sourcing the t/ci/001-setup.sh script and will affect how the overall integration suite operates.


USAGE: UNIFYFS_INSTALL=/path/to/dir/containing/UnifyFS/bin/directory

The full path to the directory containing the bin/ and libexec/ directories for your UnifyFS installation. Set this envar to prevent the integration tests from searching for a UnifyFS installation automatically. Where the automatic search starts can be altered by setting the $BASE_SEARCH_DIR variable.


USAGE: UNIFYFS_CI_NPROCS=<number-of-process-per-node>

The number of processes to use per node inside a job allocation. This defaults to 1 process per node. This can be adjusted if more processes are desired on multiple nodes or multiple processes are desired on a single node.


USAGE: UNIFYFS_CI_TEMP_DIR=/path/for/temporary/files/created/by/UnifyFS

Can be used as a shortcut to set UNIFYFS_RUNSTATE_DIR and UNIFYFS_META_DB_PATH to the same path. This envar defaults to UNIFYFS_CI_TEMP_DIR=${TMPDIR}/unifyfs.${USER}.${JOB_ID}.



In the event $UNIFYFS_LOG_DIR has not been set, the logs will be put in $SHARNESS_TRASH_DIRECTORY, as set up by sharness.sh, and cleaned up automatically after the tests have run. The logs will be in a <system-name>_<jobid>/ subdirectory. Should any tests fail, sharness does not clean up the trash directory for debugging purposes. Setting UNIFYFS_CI_LOG_CLEANUP=no|NO will move the <system-name>_<jobid>/ logs directory to $UNIFYFS_CI_DIR (the directory containing the integration testing scripts) to allow them to persist even when all tests pass. This envar defauls to yes.


Setting $UNIFYFS_LOG_DIR will put all created logs in the designated path and will not clean them up.



After all tests have run, the nodes on which the tests were ran will automatically be cleaned up. This cleanup includes ensuring unifyfsd has stopped and deleting any files created by UnifyFS or its dependencies. Set UNIFYFS_CI_HOST_CLEANUP=no|NO to skip cleaning up. This envar defaults to yes.


PDSH is required for cleanup and cleaning up is simply skipped if not found.



Setting this to no|NO sets both $CI_LOG_CLEANUP and $UNIFYFS_CI_HOST_CLEANUP to no|NO.



Determines whether any <example-name>-posix tests should be run since they require a real mountpoint to exist.

This envar defaults to no. Setting this to yes will run the posix version of tests along with the regular tests. When $UNIFYFS_MOUNTPOINT is set to a existing directory, this option is set to no. This is to allow running the tests a first time with a fake mountpoint while the posix tests use an existing mountpoint. Then the regular tests can be run again using an existing mountpoint and the posix tests won’t be run twice.

An example of testing a posix example can be see below.


The posix mountpoint envar, UNIFYFS_CI_POSIX_MP, is set to be located inside $SHARNESS_TRASH_DIRECTORY automatically and cleaned up afterwards. However, this envar can be set before running the integration tests as well. If setting this, ensure that it is a shared file system that all allocated nodes can see.

Additional Variables

After sourcing the t/ci/001-setup.sh script there will be additional variables available that may be useful when writing/adding additional tests.

Directory Structure

File structure here is assuming UnifyFS was cloned to $HOME.


Directory containing the CI testing scripts. $HOME/UnifyFS/t/ci/


Directory containing the base sharness scripts. $HOME/UnifyFS/t/


Directory containing the UnifyFS source code. $HOME/UnifyFS/


Parent directory containing the UnifyFS source code. Starting place to auto search for UnifyFS install when $UNIFYFS_INSTALL isn’t provided. $HOME/

Executable Locations

Directory containing unifyfs and unifyfsd. $UNIFYFS_INSTALL/bin


Directory containing the compiled examples. $UNIFYFS_INSTALL/libexec

Resource Managers

The base MPI job launch command established according to the detected resource manager, number of allocated nodes, and $UNIFYFS_CI_NPROCS.

The LSF variables below will also affect the default version of this command when using that resource manager.


MPI job launch command to only run a single process on each allocated node established according to the detected resource manager.


The ID assigned to the current CI job as established by the detected resource manager.


Additional variables used by the LSF resource manager to determine how jobs are launched with $JOB_RUN_COMMAND. These can also be set prior to sourcing the t/ci/001-setup.sh script and will affect how the integration tests run.


Number of cores-per-resource-set to use. Defaults to 20.


Number of resource-sets-per-node to use. Defaults to 1.


Total number of resource sets to use. Defaults to (number_of_nodes) * ($UNIFYFS_CI_NRS_PER_NODE).







Running the Tests


UnifyFS’s integration test suite requires MPI and currently only supports srun and jsrun MPI launch commands.

UnifyFS’s integration tests are primarly set up to run distinct suites of tests, however they can also all be run at once or manually for more fine-grained control.

The testing scripts in t/ci depend on sharness, which is set up in the containing t/ directory. These tests will not function properly if moved or if the sharness files cannot be found.

Before running any tests, ensure either compute nodes have been interactively allocated or run via a batch job submission.

Make sure all dependencies are installed and loaded.

The t/ci/RUN_CI_TESTS.sh script is designed to simplify running various suites of tests.

RUN_CI_TESTS.sh Script

Usage: ./RUN_CI_TESTS.sh [-h] -s {all|[writeread,[write|read],pc,stage]} -t {all|[posix,mpiio]}

Any previously set UnifyFS environment variables will take precedence.

  -h, --help
         Print this help message

  -s, --suite {all|[writeread,[write|read],pc,stage]}
         Select the test suite(s) to be run
         Takes a comma-separated list of available suites

  -t, --type {all|[posix,mpiio]}
         Select the type(s) of each suite to be run
         Takes a comma-separated list of available types
         Required with --suite unless stage is the only suite selected


Running Integration Tests from Spack Build

Running the integration tests from a Spack installation of UnifyFS requires telling Spack to use a different location for staging the build in order to have the source files available from inside a job allocation.

Open the Spack config file:

spack config edit config

Provide a staging path that is visible to all nodes from a job allocations:

  - /visible/path/from/all/allocated/nodes
  # or build directly inside Spack's install directory
  - $spack/var/spack/stage

Include the --keep-stage option when installing:

spack install --keep-stage unifyfs

Allocate compute nodes and spawn a new shell containing the package’s build environment:

spack build-env unifyfs bash

Run the integration tests:

spack load unifyfs

spack cd unifyfs

cd t/ci

# Run tests using any of the following formats

Individual Suites

To run individual test suites, indicate the desired suite(s) and type(s) when running RUN_CI_TESTS.sh. E.g.:

$ ./RUN_CI_TESTS.sh -s writeread -t mpiio


$ prove -v RUN_CI_TESTS.sh :: -s writeread -t mpiio

The -s|--suite and -t|--type options flag which set(s) of tests to run. Each suite (aside from stage) requires a type to be selected as well. Note that if all is selected, the other arguments are redundant. If the read suite is selected, then the write argument is redundant.

Available suites: all|[writeread,[write,read],pc,stage]

all: run all suites writeread: run writeread tests write: run write tests only (redundant if read also set) read: run write then read tests (all-hosts producer-consumer tests) pc: run producer-consumer tests (disjoint sets of hosts) stage: run stage tests (type not required)

Available types: all|[posix,mpiio]

all: run all types posix: run posix versions of above suites mpiio: run mpiio versions of above suites

All Tests


If running all or most tests within a single allocation, a large amount of time and storage space will be required. Even if enough of both are available, it is still possible the run may hit other limitations (e.g., client_max_files, client_max_active_requests, server_max_app_clients). To avoid this, run individual suites from separate job allocations.

To run all of the tests, run RUN_CI_TESTS.sh with the all suites and types options.

$ ./RUN_CI_TESTS.sh -s all -t all


$ prove -v RUN_CI_TESTS.sh :: -s all -t all

Subsets of Individual Suites

Subsets of individual test suites can be run manually. This can be useful when wanting more fine-grained control or for testing a specific configuration. To run manually, the testing functions and variables need to be set up first and then the UnifyFS servers need to be started.

First source the t/ci/001-setup.sh script whereafter sharness will change directories to the $SHARNESS_TRASH_DIRECTORY. To account for this, prefix each subsequent script with $UNIFYFS_CI_DIR/ when sourcing. Start the servers next by sourcing 002-start-server.sh followed by each desired test script. When finished, source 990-stop-server.sh last to stop the servers, report the results, and clean up.

$ . ./001-setup.sh
$ . $UNIFYFS_CI_DIR/002-start-server.sh
$ . $UNIFYFS_CI_DIR/100-writeread-tests.sh --laminate --shuffle --mpiio
$ . $UNIFYFS_CI_DIR/990-stop-server.sh

The various CI test suites can be run multiple times with different behaviors. These behaviors are continually being extended. The -h|–help option for each script can show what alternate behaviors are currently implemented along with additional information for that particular suite.

[prompt]$ ./100-writeread-tests.sh --help
Usage: 100-writeread-tests.sh [options...]

    -h, --help        print help message
    -l, --laminate    laminate between writing and reading
    -M, --mpiio       use MPI-IO instead of POSIX I/O
    -x, --shuffle     read different data than written

Adding New Tests

In order to add additional tests for different workflows, create a script after the fashion of t/ci/100-writeread-tests.sh where the prefixed number indicates the desired order for running the tests. Then source that script in t/ci/RUN_CI_TESTS.sh in the desired order. The different test suite scripts themselves can also be edited to add/change the number, types, and various behaviors each suite will execute.

Just like the helpers functions found in sharness.d, there are continuous integration helper functions (see below for more details) available in t/ci/ci-functions.sh. These exist to help make adding new tests as simple as possible.

One particularly useful function is unify_run_test(). Currently, this function is set up to work for the write, read, writeread, and checkpoint-restart examples. This function sets up the MPI job run command and default options as well as any default arguments wanted by all examples. See below for details.

Testing Helper Functions

There are helper functions available in t/ci/ci-functions.sh that can make running and testing the examples much easier. These may get adjusted over time to accommodate other examples, or additional functions may need to be written. Some of the main helper functions that might be useful for running examples are:


USAGE: unify_run_test app_name "app_args" [output_variable_name]

Given a example application name and application args, this function runs the example with the appropriate MPI runner and args. This function is meant to make running the cr, write, read, and writeread examples as easy as possible.

The build_test_command() function is called by this function which automatically sets any options that are always wanted (-vkfo as well as -U and the appropriate -m if posix test or not). The stderr output file is also created (based on the filename that is autogenerated) and the appropriate option is set for the MPI job run command.

Args that can be passed in are ([-cblnpx][-A|-L|-M|-N|-P|-S|-V]). All other args (see Running the Examples) are set automatically, including the outfile and filename (which are generated based on the input $app_name and $app_args).

The third parameter is an optional “pass-by-reference” parameter that can contain the variable name for the resulting output to be stored in, allowing this function to be used in one of two ways:

Using command substitution
app_output=$(unify_run_test $app_name "$app_args")


Using a “pass-by-reference” variable
unifyfs_run_test $app_name "$app_args" app_output

This function returns the return code of the executed example as well as the output produced by running the example.


If unify_run_test() is simply called with only two arguments and without using command substitution, the resulting output will be sent to the standard output.

The results can then be tested with sharness:


app_args="-p n1 -n32 -c $((16 * $KB)) -b $MB

unify_run_test $app_name "$app_args" app_output
line_count=$(echo "$app_output" | wc -l)

test_expect_success "$app_name $app_args: (line_count=$line_count, rc=$rc)" '
    test $rc = 0 &&
    test $line_count = 8

USAGE: get_filename app_name app_args [app_suffix]

Builds and returns the filename with the provided suffix based on the input app_name and app_args.

The filename in $UNIFYFS_MOUNTPOINT will be given a .app suffix.

This allows tests to get what the filename will be in advance if called from a test suite. This can be used for posix tests to ensure the file showed up in the mount point, as well as for read, cp, stat tests that potentially need the filename from a previous test prior to running.

Error logs and outfiles are also created with this filename, with a .err or .out suffix respectively, and placed in the logs directory.

Returns a string with the spaces removed and hyphens replaced by underscores.

get_filename write-static "-p n1 -n 32 -c 1024 -b 1048576" ".app"

Some uses cases may be:

  • posix tests where the file existence is checked for after a test was run

  • read, cp, or stat tests where an already existing filename from a prior test might be needed

For example:


app_args="-p nn -n32 -c $((16 * $KB)) -b $MB

unify_run_test $app_name "$app_args" app_output
line_count=$(echo "$app_output" | wc -l)
filename=$(get_filename $app_name "$app_args" ".app")

test_expect_success POSIX "$app_name $app_args: (line_count=$line_count, rc=$rc)" '
    test $rc = 0 &&
    test $line_count = 8 &&
    test_path_has_file_per_process $UNIFYFS_CI_POSIX_MP $filename
Additional Functions

There are other convenience functions used bythat my be helpful in writing/adding tests are also found in t/ci/ci-functions.sh:


USAGE: find_executable abs_path *file_name|*path/file_name [prune_path]

Locate the desired executable file when provided an absolute path of where to start searching, the name of the file with an optional preceding path, and an optional prune_path, or path to omit from the search.

Returns the path of the first executable found with the given name and optional prefix.


USAGE: elapsed_time start_time_in_seconds end_time_in_seconds

Calculates the elapsed time between two given times.

Returns the elapsed time formatted as HH:MM:SS.


USAGE: format_bytes int

Returns the input bytes formatted as KB, MB, or GB (1024 becomes 1KB).

Sharness Helper Functions

There are also additional sharness functions for testing the examples available when t/ci/ci-functions.sh is sourced. These are to be used with sharness for testing the results of running the examples with or without using the Example Helper Functions.


USAGE: process_is_running process_name seconds_before_giving_up

Checks if a process with the given name is running on every host, retrying up to a given number of seconds before giving up. This function overrides the process_is_running() function used by the UnifyFS unit tests. The primary difference being that this function checks for the process on every host.

Expects two arguments:

  • $1 - Name of a process to check for

  • $2 - Number of seconds to wait before giving up

test_expect_success "unifyfsd is running" '
    process_is_running unifyfsd 5

USAGE: process_is_not_running process_name seconds_before_giving_up

Checks if a process with the given name is not running on every host, retrying up to a given number of seconds before giving up. This function overrides the process_is_not_running() function used by the UnifyFS unit tests. The primary difference being that this function checks that the process is not running on every host.

Expects two arguments:

  • $1 - Name of a process to check for

  • $2 - Number of seconds to wait before giving up

test_expect_success "unifyfsd is not running" '
    process_is_not_running unifyfsd 5

USAGE: test_path_is_dir dir_name [optional]

Checks that a directory with the given name exists and is accessible from each host. Does NOT need to be a shared directory. This function overrides the test_path_is_dir() function in sharness.sh, the primary difference being that this function checks for the dir on every host in the allocation.

Takes once argument with an optional second:

  • $1 - Path of the directory to check for

  • $2 - Can be given to provide a more precise diagnosis

test_expect_success "$dir_name is an existing directory" '
    test_path_is_dir $dir_name

USAGE: test_path_is_shared_dir dir_name [optional]

Check if same directory (actual directory, not just name) exists and is accessible from each host.

Takes once argument with an optional second:

  • $1 - Path of the directory to check for

  • $2 - Can be given to provide a more precise diagnosis

test_expect_success "$dir_name is a shared directory" '
    test_path_is_shared_dir $dir_name

USAGE: test_path_has_file_per_process dir_path file_name [optional]

Check if the provided directory path contains a file-per-process of the provided file name. Assumes the directory is a shared directory.

Takes two arguments with an optional third:

  • $1 - Path of the shared directory to check for the files

  • $2 - File name without the appended process number

  • $3 - Can be given to provided a more precise diagnosis

test_expect_success "$dir_name has file-per-process of $file_name" '
    test_path_has_file_per_process $dir_name $file_name

There are other helper functions available as well, most of which are being used by the test suite itself. Details on these functions can be found in their comments in t/ci/ci-functions.sh.