Re: Linux QA tests - web site!

Oliver Xymoron (
Wed, 21 May 1997 10:19:09 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 20 May 1997 wrote:

> Ron Holt <> writes:
> >Perhaps this has been discussed before, but is there any interest in
> >coordinating the maintenance of a set of Linux Quality Assurance test suites?
> >
> >Some tests that come to mind are:
> > * The torture tests Linus mentions
> > * Posix Conformant Test Suite (PCTS) (at least the syscall parts)
> > * crashme
> > * Various benchmarks
> > * Other specialized tests kernel folks have already developed
> This has been discussed before, in fact it was discussed on this
> list within the last couple of months, but I'm afraid that if we just
> discuss it again without starting to take action then it will die in
> discussion (again).

Last time around I said I had started a directory tree. Since I haven't
had a chance to progress far beyond what I had back then, I'll make it
available in its current state to give this project a bit of a kickstart.
It currently contains the PCTS and lmbench. I haven't set up the
compilation environment for these yet so some assembly is required. I just
threw together a web page for it:

The snapshot is available in

> Toward that end let me say what action I am currently taking.
> Over the last week I have been porting the packet shell, a
> networking testing tool from Sun Labs, to Linux. My motivation
> for doing this is to allow us to write regression tests for
> the networking code. The port is semi-stable now, and should
> stabilize enough in the next week or two to allow me to start
> writing tests for the TCP layer. Tests for other networking
> layers should be possible, but I don't yet have definite ideas
> of what sort of tests need to be written outside of TCP.
> I very much want to see this taken seriously because I
> think in the long run it will save us a lot of effort.

> May I suggest that you simply put up a web page and a formal
> call for contribution of existing tests as a start.

I'll take contributions and add them to my test suite tree.

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