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Re: [libvirt] [test-API] RFC: Stabilization of libvirt-test-API

On 2012年03月29日 20:14, Martin Kletzander wrote:
Hi everyone,

following our minutes, I'd like to start a discussion on what should be
done with libvirt-test-API so we can say it's stable and usable.

I would like to stress out that everything mentioned here is just an
opinion and I don't mean to talk down to someone as it may have seemed

I think we should get some ideas from everyone, mostly QE as they will
be (are) the ones using this the most (if I understood correctly), and
then I'll be happy to help getting the code to the agreed status. I was
thinking about this from the wrong way probably and changing the angle
from what I look at it (and knowing there is some deadline) makes me
think of few levels of changes, which when introduced, could speed up
the test development and code understandability.

So here are the things I would like to do definitely (the optional
things follow later on):
  - fix hard-coded options into real options (e.g. commit 65449e)

Absolutely we should either change/destroy it or generalize it
as global config.

  - fix some env_* and util* code (functions duplicated with different

This should be caused by mutilple persons worked on that, but lacked

  - fix or remove harmful and pointless code (at this point, when
creating domain on remote machine, be prepared for the test to fail with
any other user then root and with root, have backup of both local and
remote '/root/.ssh' directories as the contents will be erased!)

So this means test-API only supports qemu:///system testing now,
needs to be improved for qemu:///session too.

Also I'd guess there are cases which only considers the QEMU/KVM
driver testing. If so, we need to either generalize it or seperate
it (in case of it are too specific to generalize), perhaps seperate
directories for different drivers. But this should be the future
plan, what we should do currently is try to generalize the tests
as much as we could.

  - fix method names for the {connect,domain,etc.}API (get_host_name vs.
lookupByUUID etc.)

Yes, we need the consistent function/variable name, also consistent
coding (including the comments on top of scripts) style.

The optional things:
  - get rid of classes in lib and make just few utility functions
covering *only* the methods that do something else than call the same
method in underlying class from the libvirt module.

Agreed, it looks to me many of the lib functions just simple pass
parameter to the underlying libvirt-python API, that's just meaningless/

  - get rid of the new exception (I don't see any other difference than
in the name, which can make a difference in "except:" clause, but it's
converted everywhere)

Agreed. Just like the classes method in lib, it's feet of snake, ;)

  - be able to share variables between tests (connection object and
anything else)

Not sure what's your exact meaning, could you explain more?

  - introduce new config file for tests (.ini format, can be parsed by
ConfigParser, same as env.cfg, define variables used throughout the test

Do you mean destroy current config parsing codes? if so, we need
to rewrite (or much modification) codes of generator too. Any
critical disadvantage you see in the current parsing/generator
codes? I'd think the pricinple of current parsing (no generator)
is right, though it might have bugs or disadvantages, we can
improve/extend it.

  - update the documentation

Current documentation is in publican format, honestly I'm not fan of
it, it might be good if used for an enterprise product, but for a
community project, I never see what uses it. So I will vote if you
mean destroy it and write just simple text docs.

  - use some python code style (PEP-8?), make use of True/False, None

pylint should be able to take care of it.

  - eliminate duplicated (and x-plicated) code (append_path in all the
files, etc.)

Guannan already starts to do it, :-)

I didn't go through the codes carefully yet, so no much thoughts
yet, but what I could think of currently is:

   * Take use of JEOS, I'd guess for most of the testing, we won't
do much complicate works inside the guest, so JEOS will be enough.

   * Add default configuration for generalize testing functions,
such as for domain installation, we'd want to use it many places,
and only need to specify specific configuration when testing the
domain installation itself, for the tests which just wants to
create a domain, we will just want a usable domain, I.e. lazy
guys won't want to specify the parameters again and again.

Will comment if I have further thought when went through the


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