[ANNOUNCE] Open POSIX Test Suite

From: Geoff Gustafson (geoff@linux.co.intel.com)
Date: Mon Nov 04 2002 - 17:48:47 EST

I would like to announce a new project to develop and/or assemble a GPL test
suite for POSIX APIs. The tests will focus on conformance to the IEEE Std
1003.1-2001, but will also include separate functional and stress tests.

The project's current approach to conformance testing is to record
from a close reading of the POSIX specifications, and write minimal test
that prove or disprove these assertions. The test suite will be independent
specific API implementations, and will eventually be easily configurable to
work with different implementations. The project aims for OS independence,
using only POSIX APIs, the autoconf suite, and simple shell support.
it is currently only being tested on Linux.

Ultimately, the plan is to use the test suite to evaluate current support in
Linux, as well as new implementations being considered in the open source
community, and then contribute patches or at least bug reports (with a
test case) to the appropriate places, like LKML.

Contributions of any test cases, review of the work, discussion of the
approach, etc. are very welcome. Join the development mailing list,
posixtest-discuss. The initial focus is on Signals, Message Queues, Threads,
Semaphores, and Clocks & Timers, based on current interests and resources.
You can help in these areas, or start work on another area of the spec.
will need to be some uniformity across the suite, but many details have yet
be worked out, so your involvement in those decisions help a lot.

For more information, see the project website at


-- Geoff Gustafson

These are my views and not necessarily those of my employer.

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