Re: selftests/bpf doesn't compile

From: Edward Cree
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 - 12:58:53 EST

On 15/09/17 17:02, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 09:33:48AM -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
>> Is bpf test intended to be run in kselftest run? The clang dependency might
>> not be met on majority of the systems. Is this a hard dependency??
> It is a hard dependency and clang should be present on majority of the systems.
I think this is the wrong approach. Making kselftest hard-require clang doesn't
mean that the bpf tests will be run more often, it means that the rest of the
kselftests will be run less often. clang is quite big (when I tried to install
it on one of my test servers, I didn't have enough disk space & had to go on a
clear-out of unused packages), and most people aren't interested in the bpf
subsystem specifically; they would rather be able to skip those tests.
I feel that as long as they know they are skipping some tests (so e.g. they
won't consider it a sufficient test of a kselftest refactor), that's fine.
It's not even as though all of the bpf tests require clang; the (smaller) tests
written directly in raw eBPF instructions could still be run on such a system.
So I think we should attempt to run as much as possible but accept that clang
may not be available and have an option to skip some tests in that case.