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SubjectRe: [RFC v4 00/17] kunit: introduce KUnit, the Linux kernel unit testing framework
On Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 3:27 PM Logan Gunthorpe <> wrote:
> On 2019-03-21 4:07 p.m., Brendan Higgins wrote:
> > A couple of points, as for needing CONFIG_PCI; my plan to deal with
> > that type of thing has been that we would add support for a KUnit/UML
> > version that is just for KUnit. It would mock out the necessary bits
> > to provide a fake hardware implementation for anything that might
> > depend on it. I wrote a prototype for mocking/faking MMIO that I
> > presented to the list here[1]; it is not part of the current patchset
> > because we decided it would be best to focus on getting an MVP in, but
> > I plan on bringing it back up at some point. Anyway, what do you
> > generally think of this approach?
> Yes, I was wondering if that might be possible. I think that's a great
> approach but it will unfortunately take a lot of work before larger
> swaths of the kernel are testable in Kunit with UML. Having more common
> mocked infrastructure will be great by-product of it though.

Yeah, it's unfortunate that the best way to do something often takes
so much longer.

> > Awesome, I looked at the code you posted and it doesn't look like you
> > have had too many troubles. One thing that stood out to me, why did
> > you need to put it in the kunit/ dir?
> Yeah, writing the code was super easy. Only after, did I realized I
> couldn't get it to easily build.

Yeah, we really need to fix that; unfortunately, broadly addressing
that problem is really hard and will most likely take a long time.

> Putting it in the kunit directory was necessary because nothing in the
> NTB tree builds unless CONFIG_NTB is set (see drivers/Makefile) and
> CONFIG_NTB depends on CONFIG_PCI. I didn't experiment to see how hard it
> would be to set CONFIG_NTB without CONFIG_PCI; I assumed it would be tricky.
> > I am looking forward to see what you think!
> Generally, I'm impressed and want to see this work in upstream as soon
> as possible so I can start to make use of it!

Great to hear! I was trying to get the next revision out this week,
but addressing some of the comments is taking a little longer than
expected. I should have something together fairly soon though
(hopefully next week). Good news is that next revision will be
non-RFC; most of the feedback has settled down and I think we are
ready to start figuring out how to merge it. Fingers crossed :-)


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