[Pulp-dev] Pulp 3 Unit Test Plan Proposal

Brian Bouterse bbouters at redhat.com
Thu Apr 5 17:06:29 UTC 2018

This is a wrap-up update with the last next steps (for now) on the Pulp3
unit test discussion.

1. Here is a docs PR adopting simple but specific policy language
recommending unit tests for Pulp3: https://github.com/pulp/pulp/pull/3411
2. We need to move our existing unit tests into their "forever home" so
@daviddavis and I groomed this issue and put it on the sprint:

For any areas of Pulp3 untested code that you want to add unit tests for
please file a Task in Redmine for that. A few of those have been filed AIUI.

If there are any issues with these changes please bring them up. Any aspect
of them can be rethought. David and I have tried to facilitate what we've
heard from the group.

On Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 5:13 PM, Brian Bouterse <bbouters at redhat.com> wrote:

> I want to summarize what I've heard to facilitate some next steps and
> further discussion.
> There seems to be broad support and no -1 votes to the idea of a soft
> check that tracks unit test coverage, so we wanted to get that out of the
> way. Daviddavis enabled unit test coverage reporting for all Pulp3 PRs (
> https://github.com/pulp/pulp/pull/3397) and it will report on all PRs
> now. Currently, it shows 54.98% for pulpcore. That number is surprisingly
> high but not awesome. When looking at the report, it is mainly all import
> statements and function definitions since we have few/zero unit tests but
> also not much code.
> Based on feedback it sounds like leaving it at a soft check and highly
> encouraging unit tests with each PR is something we could all agree on. I
> want us to get to specific language that we can add into the Pulp3 docs as
> a new section called "Unit Tests" here: https://docs.pulpproject.org/
> en/3.0/nightly/contributing/index.html Here is a starting point, please
> send suggestions:  "All new code is highly encouraged to have basic unit
> tests that demonstrate its functionality. A Pull Request that has failing
> unit tests cannot be merged."
> Also from the convo on-list and on-irc, here are some questions I would
> like help answering:
> * What areas in the existing codebase would really benefit from unit
> testing? I think we need a classpath list of modules and classes. I made an
> etherpad here: https://etherpad.net/p/Pulp_Unit_Test_Candidates
> * What are the existing unit tests and where do they live?
> * What docs need to be added to make contributing unit tests reasonable?
> Thanks for all the discussion!
> -Brian
> On Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 4:01 PM, Jeremy Audet <jaudet at redhat.com> wrote:
>> > I'm also generally -1 against trying to pick a number (100%, 80%, 60%)
>> up-front.  We should unit test what makes sense to unit test, push that
>> number as high as reasonable, and otherwise focus on pulp-smash, which I
>> think has historically been more useful.
>> QE is flattered by the focus on Pulp Smash. We're happy that the smoke
>> tests are being executed as a pull request check.
>> However, it's important to remember that unit tests are far faster
>> than integration tests, typically by several orders of magnitude. In
>> addition, Pulp Smash's smoke tests are intentionally limited. They're
>> designed to execute quickly and to detect catastrophic regressions.
>> They're not intended to be comprehensive. In fact, some of the
>> already-written test cases may be stripped of their "smoke test"
>> status for the sake of speed. Psychology is important here: it's bad
>> if a developer locally fires off smoke tests, gets bored, and opens up
>> a new web browser tab.
>> Please keep this limitation in mind when deciding on policies
>> regarding smoke tests.
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