Re: [PATCH v2] cpufreq: tests: Providing cpufreq regression test

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On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 02:19:54 PM Viresh Kumar wrote:
> On 23 July 2014 13:08, Lukasz Majewski <l.majewski@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Do you want to say that we have enough tests and we don't need more ?
> No. We don't have any tests at all :)
> > I always thought that we shall have as much regression tests as
> > possible.
> Yeah, tests are welcomed but the question is where should they get added.
> Don't know if its common to add tests directly to kernel.

Yes, it is.

> And also if the test is really good, not discouraging your work.
> >> On 21 July 2014 12:32, Lukasz Majewski <l.majewski@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> > This commit adds first regression test "" for
> >> > the cpufreq subsystem.
> >>
> >> That's not enough, Tell us why we should continue reading this mail..
> >
> > Hmm... If "regression" and "test" don't catch the attention of a
> > diligent maintainer, then I cannot do much more to encourage him to
> > read the whole e-mail :-)
> What I meant to say was, your subject and body must be good enough
> to answer most of the things. You don't have to tell much about the
> implementation but other things should be pretty clear from logs.
> Your current logs are quite short for something that's not a normal practice.
> > I can imagine that maintainers are very busy, therefore I've prepared
> > README file with detailed description of the script operation.
> Yeah, a README is welcomed and would be useful for users as well..
> >> I couldn't make out the purpose of this test and why we need it. How
> >> do we ensure that "cpufreq attributes exported by sysfs are exposing
> >> correct values"?
> >
> > First of all the cpufreq attributes are part of the subsystem API.
> > There are systems which actually depend on them, so we would be better
> > off to test if they work as intended.
> >
> > Secondly, the test takes those values and then with use of other
> > attribute enforce the value, which is then read via cat'ing
> > cpufreq_cur_freq. If any of the attributes is wrong then we will spot
> > the error immediately.
> Shouldn't you use userspace governor then instead of performance?
> And then we don't need the gzip stuff at all. We can just set it to the
> right freq and get current freq to see if it matches?
> And now that we are starting to get tests added into the kernel (will still
> wait to see what Rafael has to advice), we better think of the way these
> are going to get added. Probably a single script with parameters like
> what to test?

I've had a look at the Lukasz' patch in the first iteration and I'm going to
look at it again shortly.

At this point I can only say that it should be clear to the user of the
script what is tested, as well as what "success" and what "failure" mean.

I speak only for myself.
Rafael J. Wysocki, Intel Open Source Technology Center.
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