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SubjectRe: [RFC v1 0/6] kunit: create a centralized executor to dispatch all KUnit tests
On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 9:40 AM Frank Rowand <frowand.list@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On 1/23/20 4:40 PM, Brendan Higgins wrote:
> > Sorry for the late reply. I am still catching up from being on vacation.
> >> > On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 2:40 PM Luis Chamberlain <mcgrof@kernel.org> wrote:
> >> It does beg the question if this means kunit is happy to not be a tool
> >> to test pre basic setup stuff (terminology used in init.c, meaning prior
> >> to running all init levels). I suspect this is the case.
> >
> > Not sure. I still haven't seen any cases where this is necessary, so I
> > am not super worried about it. Regardless, I don't think this patchset
> > really changes anything in that regard, we are moving from late_init
> > to after late_init, so it isn't that big of a change for most use
> > cases.
> >
> > Please share if you can think of some things that need to be tested in
> > early init.
>
> I don't have a specific need for this right now. I had not thought about
> how the current kunit implementation forces all kunit tests to run at a
> specific initcall level before reading this email thread.
>
> I can see the value of being able to have some tests run at different
> initcall levels to verify what functionality is available and working
> at different points in the boot sequence.

Let's cross that bridge when we get there. It should be fairly easy to
add that functionality.

> But more important than early initcall levels, I do not want the
> framework to prevent using or testing code and data that are marked
> as '__init'. So it is important to retain a way to invoke the tests
> while __init code and data are available, if there is also a change
> to generally invoke the tests later.

Definitely. For now that still works as long as you don't build KUnit
as a module, but I think Alan's new patches which allow KUnit to be
run at runtime via debugfs could cause some difficulty there. Again,
we could add Kconfigs to control this, but the compiler nevertheless
complains because it doesn't know what phase KUnit runs in.

Is there any way to tell the compiler that it is okay for non __init
code to call __init code? I would prefer not to have a duplicate
version of all the KUnit libraries with all the symbols marked __init.
Thoughts?

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