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Re: [RFC PATCH 3/3] test-lib: add the '--stress' option to run a test repeatedly under load

On Tue, Dec 04, 2018 at 06:04:14PM +0100, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 04 2018, SZEDER Gábor wrote:
> > The number of parallel invocations is determined by, in order of
> > precedence: the number specified as '--stress=<N>', or the value of
> > the GIT_TEST_STRESS_LOAD environment variable, or twice the number of
> > available processors in '/proc/cpuinfo', or 8.
> With this series we have at least 3 ways to get this number. First
> online_cpus() in the C code, then Peff's recent `getconf
> _NPROCESSORS_ONLN` in doc-diff, and now this /proc/cpuinfo parsing.

To be fair, I only added the "getconf" thing because somebody complained
that I was parsing /proc/cpuinfo, and suggested it instead. ;)

I don't think it's especially portable, but it should work on Linux and
modern BSD/macOS, which may be enough (unlike doc-diff, I'd be a little
more inclined to ask somebody on a random platform to stress test if
they're hitting a bug).

> Perhaps it makes sense to split online_cpus() into a helper to use from
> the shellscripts instead?

I think somebody proposed that in a recent thread for other reasons,
too. I'd be OK with that, but probably just using getconf is reasonable
in the meantime.