Re: [PATCH] selftests: kselftest_harness: return Kselftest Skip code for skipped tests

From: Shuah Khan
Date: Thu Jun 14 2018 - 12:02:39 EST

On 06/13/2018 10:06 PM, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 6:34 PM, Shuah Khan (Samsung OSG)
> <shuah@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> When a test is skipped because of unmet dependencies and/or unsupported
>> configuration, kselftest_harness exits with error which is treated as a
>> fail by the Kselftest framework. This leads to false negative result even
>> when the test could not be run.
>> Change it to return kselftest skip code when a test gets skipped to
>> clearly report that the test could not be run. This change add skip
>> handling to kselftest_harness with minimal changes adding a new skipped
>> field to struct __test_metadata and using it to recognize KSFT_SKIP exit
>> from the test function (t->fn) to __run_test() to the test_harness_run()
>> to return the right skip code to Kselftest framework.
>> Kselftest framework SKIP code is 4 and the framework prints appropriate
>> messages to indicate that the test is skipped.
> Unfortunately this will not work: test step # is used as the failure
> code to let test runners know where a child failed. KSFT_SKIP is 4, so
> every test failing in step 4 would be seen as a skip instead of a
> fail.

Yeah. That is correct. __bail() does exit with step which could be step #4

> Tests must not exit on their own with this harness: only the existing
> ASSERT/EXPECT macros can be used. uevent test should never be doing
> this:
> if (geteuid()) {
> TH_LOG("Uevent filtering tests require root
> privileges. Skipping test");
> _exit(KSFT_SKIP);
> }
> Nor the _exit(EXIT_FAILURE) calls. Those must all be ASSERT() instead.

It did look like an improper use of the harness by this test. Okay that
makes sense.

> Perhaps a new signal could be used, but the return codes are already being used.

A a new harness hook for KSFT_SKIP case so tests can call that explicitly would
solve the problem once the problem of conflict with step #4.

Since he harness step metadata doesn't have special meaning than keeping track of
how far test ran, harness could be changed to treat step #4 as a special value and
not use it for step to solve the conflict between ksft and kselftest_harness.

-- Shuah