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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH 0/3] libxl: Add a test suite for libxl_domain_config generator

On 07/26/2017 05:07 PM, Marek Marczykowski-Górecki wrote:
On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 05:59:57PM -0600, Jim Fehlig wrote:
On 07/01/2017 08:16 PM, Marek Marczykowski-Górecki wrote:
On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 07:02:24PM -0700, Jim Fehlig wrote:
Long ago danpb posted some patches to test libvirt domXML to
libxl_domain_config conversion


Some of the prerequisite patches were pushed, but we've never managed
to push patches actually providing the conversion tests. I sent several
follow-ups to Dan's work but never converged on a satisfactory solution
for all the Xen versions supported by libvirt. The last attempt was in
Sept 2014


I tried to revive the work in Jan 2015, but that also stalled


Fast-forward over 2.5 years from the first attempt and libvirt no longer
supports older Xen versions 4.2 and 4.3 that were proving to be problematic.
Starting with Xen 4.5 libxl added support for libxl_domain_config_from_json,
which provides a way to implement the conversion tests that work with all
Xen versions >= 4.5 (including latest xen.git master).

Few more months have passed...

And a few more weeks :-). Sorry for the delay. Slowly catching up on libvirt
mail after some time away...

It's me this time...

FWIW, I've tested it with Xen 4.6. The patch needs very minor update:
   - add xencaps argument to libxlBuildDomainConfig cal >

After that, it works! When I made some test to fail, reported error is
not so helpful ("libvirt: Xen Light Driver error : internal error:
Expected and actual libxl_domain_config objects do not compare"), but it
do catch failures.
Then, if I change strcmp to virTestCompareToString, the output is much
more helpful.

Thanks for the improvements. I noticed you included them in your V2 of patch
3/3. I assume you needed patches 1 and 2 as well?

Yes, in this tests shape. But see below.

I'd really love to have it merged, mostly because I want to add more tests
using this framework (see "Add setting CPU features (CPUID) with
libxenlight driver" thread).

I really dislike patches 1 and 2. They remove very useful checks IMO.
Shortly after posting the series in Feb, I tried mocking the emulator
checks. I failed quite a bit before coming up with something that worked,
yet not so satisfying :-). I'll attach the (now rather old) patches for

My independent try to this test approach ("tests: check domain XML to
libxl structures conversion") had much simpler (but uglier) solution for
this problem: use /bin/true as emulator path (replaced in runtime, just
after loading XML from file).

Ah, clever and devious. For that matter all the test files could be changed to <emulator>/bin/true</emulator> :-).

Do you have time to update these old patches, test, and repost to the list?
Or perhaps have better ideas on mocking, or approaches that avoid the need
for 1/3 and 2/3.

If using /bin/true as emulator path is acceptable, I can finish this and
post updated version.

Did you have any comment on the approach taken in the attachments to this thread? Particularly the patch titled "libxl: make emulator checks mockable"?

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