Re: Kernel testing

Oliver Xymoron (
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 11:21:55 -0500 (CDT)

On Fri, 11 Apr 1997 wrote:

> Oliver Xymoron <> writes:
> >I think the time is very flexible - I was thinking the bulk of the time
> >would be spent on stress testing like crashme rather than functionality
> >testing. Even a very complete set of functionality tests would be well
> >less than 6 hours, I'd think, because any single "does this syscall
> >return the right value?" test is going to be nearly instantaneous.
> Well, real stress testing involves twisted minds running things that
> deliberately try to break the code, preferably under heavy load.

Agreed - my point is just that stress testing usually has indefinite time
spans - you can run your test for 10 minutes or overnight if you want more

> But, let me suggest the Posix conformance suites as a good first past
> test for stupid brokeness.

This was something I was considering, and looking at the redistribution
license (, it looks like
the NIST code could be incorporated into a GPLed test suite because it's
produced by the government and therefore not protected by copyright.

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