[cfe-dev] [analyzer] Adding build bot for static analyzer reference results

Reid Kleckner via cfe-dev cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org
Mon Sep 28 17:07:39 PDT 2015

Sending emails to people who change the results of the static analyzer
seems fine. I'm concerned that catching performance regressions in the
analyzer might have some false positives, though. The static analyzer is
fairly isolated, so maybe there won't be many false positives, but if it
becomes a problem, we should probably just disable this part of the
reporting and simply track performance over time.

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 4:25 PM, Devin Coughlin via cfe-dev <
cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> We’re planning to add a public Apple build bot for the static analyzer to
> Green Dragon (http://lab.llvm.org:8080/green/). I’d like to get your
> feedback on our proposed approach.
> The goal of this bot is to catch unexpected analyzer regressions, crashes,
> and coverage loss by periodically running the analyzer on a suite of
> open-source benchmarks. The bot will compare the produced path diagnostics
> to reference results. If these do not match, we will e-mail the committers
> and a small set of interested people. (Let us know if you want to be
> notified on every failure.) We’d like to make it easy for the community to
> respond to analyzer regressions and update the reference results.
> We currently have an Apple-internal static analyzer build bot and have
> found it helpful for catching mistakes that make it past the normal tests.
> The main downside is that the results need to be updated when new checks
> are added or the analyzer output changes.
> We propose taking a “curl + cache” approach to benchmarks. That is, we
> won’t store the benchmarks themselves in a repository. Instead, the bots
> will download them from the projects' websites and cache locally. If we
> need to change the benchmarks (to get them to compile with newer versions
> of clang, for example) we will represent these changes as patch sets which
> will be applied to the downloaded version. Both these patch sets and the
> reference results will be checked into the llvm.org/zorg repository so
> anyone with commit access will be able to update them. The bot will use the
> CmpRuns.py script (in clang’s utils/analyzer/) to compare the produced path
> diagnostic plists to the reference results.
> We’d very much appreciate feedback on this proposed approach. We’d also
> like to solicit suggestions for benchmarks, which we hope to grow over
> time. We think sqlite, postgresql, openssl, and Adium (for Objective-C
> coverage) are good initial benchmarks — but we’d like to add C++ benchmarks
> as well (perhaps LLVM?).
> Devin Coughlin
> Apple Program Analysis Team
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