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RE: Request for Assist on Limits for Tests




On January 7, 2018 4:18 PM, brian m. Carlson wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 07, 2018 at 03:57:59PM -0500, Randall S. Becker wrote:
> > I'm looking for a proper (i.e. not sneaky) way to detect the platform
> > I am on during testing so that some tests can be modified/skipped
> > other than using the standard set of dependencies. In particular, the
> > maximum path on current NonStop platforms is 8-bit 2048 bytes. It
> > appears that there are some tests - at least from my preliminary
> > "guessing" - that are beyond that limit once all of the path segments
> > are put together. I would rather have something in git that specifies
> > a path size limit so nothing exceeds it, but that may be wishing.
> 
> The way we usually skip tests automatically is with a test prerequisite.
> You might look at t/test-lib.sh for the test_set_prereq and
test_lazy_prereq
> calls and synthesize one (maybe LONG_PATHS) that meets your needs.  You
> can then annotate those tests with the appropriate prerequisite.
> 
> I expect that for long paths, you will hit a lot of the same issues as
occur on
> Windows, where PATH_MAX may be very small.  It might be valuable to
> expose this information as a build option and then set an appropriate
> variable in t/test-lib.sh.

Where I am, at this point: I have PATH_MAX defined in Makefile as optional
and which can be specified as a number in config.mak.uname. If provided, it
adds -DPATH_MAX to BASIC_CFLAGS, which will ensure consistency with limits.h
(if the values are different, at least c99 warns about it). I've also got it
into GIT-BUILD-OPTIONS, if defined. From there it seems straight-forward to
use it in test scripts using standard shell scripting, however, I can't find
a good model/function for what would be a prerequisite check consistent with
existing git test methods - you know, clarity. One approach I have been
pursuing is to use test_set_prereq if PATH_MAX is defined, and add a new
method like test_missing_prereq_eval that would take PATH_MAX and an
expression, like -le 2048, to cause a test to be skipped if the variable is
defined but the evaluation fails. I'm still having noodling through trying
to make that work, and if anyone has a better idea (please have a better
idea!!), please please suggest it.

Cheers,
Randall

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