[lldb-dev] increase timeout for tests?

Pavel Labath via lldb-dev lldb-dev at lists.llvm.org
Fri Mar 9 03:45:40 PST 2018

On Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at 18:40, Davide Italiano <dccitaliano at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 10:29 AM, Greg Clayton <clayborg at gmail.com> wrote:
> > It would be great to look into these and see what is taking so long.
> Some tests are doing way too much work and should be split up. But it would
> be great to see if we have any tests that are not good tests and are just
> taking too much time for no reason (like the watchpoint tests were that
> Pavel fixed).
> >
> I tend to agree with you. This is important. Pavel, is there a
> systematic way you use to profile test cases?
> Maybe we should consider having a testsuite mode where we warn for
> slow tests (or revamp the profiling mechanism, if there's one).
> Thanks!

I don't have any fancy mechanism for profiling this. I just hacked the
process_file function in dosep.py to measure the time each test takes and
report it if it exceeds a certain threshold. Then I just looked at the
tests that seemed like they are taking more time than they ought to.

This is the patch, in it's entirety:
--- a/packages/Python/lldbsuite/test/dosep.py
+++ b/packages/Python/lldbsuite/test/dosep.py
@@ -489,8 +489,13 @@ def process_file(test_file, dotest_argv,
         timeout = (os.getenv("LLDB_%s_TIMEOUT" % timeout_name) or

+        import time
+        t = time.time()
             command, timeout, base_name, inferior_pid_events, test_file))
+        t = time.time() - t
+        if t > 20:
+            print("XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                           %s:
%f"%(base_name, t))

     # result = (name, status, passes, failures, unexpected_successes)
     timed_out = [name for name, status, _, _, _ in results

We could try to make this more fancy, but I'm not sure worth it. It just
occurred to me you can achieve a similar effect by running the test suite
with a reduced timeout threshold. Something like "LLDB_TEST_TIMEOUT=20s
ninja check-lldb" should do the trick. At one point Todd also implemented a
mechanism for recording what the test is doing before we time out and kill
it. The idea was that this would help us determine what the test was doing
when it was killed (and whether it was really stuck, or just slow).
However, I've never used this, so I have no idea what's the state of it.

I am not opposed to raising the timeout threshold, but before we do that,
we should check whether it will actually help. I.e., whether the test is
just slow, or it sometimes hangs (I think TestMultithreaded is a good
candidate for the latter). Can you check what is the time those tests take
to run individually? Current osx timeout (dosep.py:getDefaultTimeout) is
set to 6 minutes, so if the tests normally take much shorter than this
(less than 2 minutes?), I think there is something else going on, and
increasing the timeout will not help.

Another interesting thing may be to check the system load while running the
test suite. Nowadays, lldb will sometimes spawn N (where N is the number of
cpus) threads to do debug info parsing, so when we run N tests in parallel,
we may end up with N^2 threads competing for N cpus. I've never seen this
to be an issue as our tests generally don't have that much debug info to
begin with, but I don't think we've ever investigated this either...

BTW: This is my list of tests that take over 20 seconds (I ran it on linux
so it does not include any osx-specific ones):
20.729438 TestWatchpointCommands.py
21.158373 TestMiData.py
22.018853 TestRecursiveInferior.py
22.692744 TestInferiorCrashing.py
22.986511 TestLinuxCore.py
23.073790 TestInferiorAssert.py
23.193351 TestAnonymous.py
24.539430 TestMiStack.py
25.232940 TestUnwindExpression.py
26.608233 TestSetWatchlocation.py
28.977390 TestWatchLocation.py
29.057234 TestMultithreaded.py
29.813142 TestCPP11EnumTypes.py
30.830618 TestWatchLocationWithWatchSet.py
32.979785 TestThreadStates.py
33.435421 TestTargetWatchAddress.py
36.902618 TestNamespaceLookup.py
37.705945 TestMiSymbol.py
38.735631 TestValueObjectRecursion.py
46.870848 TestLldbGdbServer.py
49.594663 TestLoadUnload.py
52.186429 TestIntegerTypes.py
55.340360 TestMiExec.py
56.148259 TestIntegerTypesExpr.py
110.121061 TestMiGdbSetShow.py

The top one is an lldb-mi test, and this one takes long for a very silly
reason: When a test is xfailed because lldb-mi does not produce the
expected output, pexpect will keep waiting, hoping that it will eventually
produce a line that matches it's regex. This times out after 30 seconds, so
any xfailed lldb-mi test will take at least that long. I'm not sure how to
fix this without revamping the way we do lldb-mi testing (which would
probably be a good thing, but I don't see anyone queuing up to do that).
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