[lttng-dev] lttng-tools test suite problem

Simon Marchi simon.marchi at polymtl.ca
Wed Apr 3 03:16:02 EDT 2013

Hello LTTng protagonists,

Here is a more detailled description of the problem I have with the
lttng-tools test suite.

Suppose I want to write a unit test for the list_cmd_options function
that is found in src/bin/lttng/utils.c. Based on existing tests, I
would create the file tests/unit/test_list_cmd_options.c and add the
following lines to tests/unit/Makefile.am:

test_list_cmd_options_SOURCES = test_list_cmd_options.c \
test_list_cmd_options_LDADD = $(LIBTAP)

However, when I execute ./bootstrap, I get the following error:

+ [ ! -e config ]
+ autoreconf -i
tests/unit/Makefile.am: object `utils.$(OBJEXT)' created by \
    `$(top_srcdir)/src/bin/lttng/utils.c' and \
autoreconf: automake failed with exit status: 1

IIUC, it is caused by the fact that other tests use the similarly
named $(top_srcdir)/src/common/utils.c. Object files for the unit
tests are all created in the same directory, regardless of where they
come from. It results that two files with the same name will clash.

I kind of see two solutions for this:

A- Create a folder for each unit test. This is cumbersome, because it
will require creating a Makefile in each directory, which requires to
modify configure.ac. If it's hard to add a test, there will be less
tests, which is baaaaad. Also, a single test that needs stuff from two
files that have the same name will face the same problem as right now.
B- Use of option subdir-objects [1] [2]. Looks like a good solution,
but it won't work for me, it gives weird behaviours...

Thanks for looking into this. Testing ftw !


[1] http://www.gnu.org/software/automake/manual/html_node/Program-and-Library-Variables.html
[2] http://stackoverflow.com/questions/917948/automake-and-files-with-the-same-name

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