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       lit - LLVM Integrated Tester


       lit [options] [tests]


       lit  is  a portable tool for executing LLVM and Clang style test suites, summarizing their
       results, and providing indication of failures.   lit  is  designed  to  be  a  lightweight
       testing tool with as simple a user interface as possible.

       lit  should be run with one or more tests to run specified on the command line.  Tests can
       be either individual test files or directories to search for tests (see TEST DISCOVERY).

       Each specified test will be executed (potentially in parallel) and  once  all  tests  have
       been  run lit will print summary information on the number of tests which passed or failed
       (see TEST STATUS RESULTS).  The lit program will execute with a non-zero exit code if  any
       tests fail.

       By  default  lit  will  use  a  succinct  progress  display  and  will  only print summary
       information for test failures.   See  OUTPUT  OPTIONS  for  options  controlling  the  lit
       progress display and output.

       lit  also  includes  a  number of options for controlling how tests are executed (specific
       features may depend on the particular  test  format).   See  EXECUTION  OPTIONS  for  more

       Finally,  lit  also  supports  additional options for only running a subset of the options
       specified on the command line, see SELECTION OPTIONS for more information.

       Users interested in the lit architecture or designing a lit testing implementation  should


       -h, --help
              Show the lit help message.

       -j N, --threads=N
              Run  N  tests  in  parallel.  By default, this is automatically chosen to match the
              number of detected available CPUs.

              Search for NAME.cfg and when searching for test  suites,  instead  of
              lit.cfg and

       -D NAME, -D NAME=VALUE, --param NAME, --param NAME=VALUE
              Add  a user defined parameter NAME with the given VALUE (or the empty string if not
              given).  The meaning and use of these parameters is test suite dependent.


       -q, --quiet
              Suppress any output except for test failures.

       -s, --succinct
              Show less output, for example don’t show information on tests that pass.

       -v, --verbose
              Show more information on test failures, for example the entire test output  instead
              of just the test result.

       -a, --show-all
              Show  more information about all tests, for example the entire test commandline and

              Do not use curses based progress bar.

              Show the names of unsupported tests.

              Show the names of tests that were expected to fail.


              Specify an additional PATH to use when searching for executables in tests.

       --vg   Run  individual  tests   under   valgrind   (using   the   memcheck   tool).    The
              --error-exitcode argument for valgrind is used so that valgrind failures will cause
              the program to exit with a non-zero status.

              When this option is enabled, lit  will  also  automatically  provide  a  “valgrind”
              feature  that  can  be used to conditionally disable (or expect failure in) certain

              When --vg is used, specify an additional argument to pass to valgrind itself.

              When --vg is used, enable memory leak checks.  When this  option  is  enabled,  lit
              will   also  automatically  provide  a  “vg_leak”  feature  that  can  be  used  to
              conditionally disable (or expect failure in) certain tests.

              Track the wall time individual tests take to execute and includes  the  results  in
              the  summary  output.   This  is useful for determining which tests in a test suite
              take the most time to execute.  Note that this option is most useful with -j 1.


              Run at most N tests and then terminate.

              Spend at most N seconds (approximately) running tests and then terminate.

              Run the tests in a random order.


              Run lit in debug mode, for debugging configuration issues and lit itself.

              List the discovered test suites and exit.

              List all of the discovered tests and exit.


       lit will exit with an exit code of 1 if there are any FAIL or XPASS  results.   Otherwise,
       it  will  exit with the status 0.  Other exit codes are used for non-test related failures
       (for example a user error or an internal program error).


       The inputs passed to lit  can  be  either  individual  tests,  or  entire  directories  or
       hierarchies  of  tests to run.  When lit starts up, the first thing it does is convert the
       inputs into a complete list of tests to run as part of test discovery.

       In the lit model, every test must exist inside some test suite.  lit resolves  the  inputs
       specified  on  the  command  line  to test suites by searching upwards from the input path
       until it finds a lit.cfg or file.  These files serve as both a marker of test
       suites  and  as configuration files which lit loads in order to understand how to find and
       run the tests inside the test suite.

       Once lit has mapped the inputs into test suites it traverses the  list  of  inputs  adding
       tests for individual files and recursively searching for tests in directories.

       This  behavior makes it easy to specify a subset of tests to run, while still allowing the
       test suite configuration to control exactly how tests are interpreted.  In  addition,  lit
       always  identifies tests by the test suite they are in, and their relative path inside the
       test suite.  For appropriately configured projects, this allows lit to provide  convenient
       and flexible support for out-of-tree builds.


       Each test ultimately produces one of the following six results:

          The test succeeded.

          The  test  failed,  but  that  is  expected.  This is used for test formats which allow
          specifying that a test does not currently work, but wish to leave it in the test suite.

          The test succeeded, but it was expected to fail.  This is used  for  tests  which  were
          specified  as  expected  to fail, but are now succeeding (generally because the feature
          they test was broken and has been fixed).

          The test failed.

          The test result could not be determined.  For example, this occurs when the test  could
          not be run, the test itself is invalid, or the test was interrupted.

          The  test is not supported in this environment.  This is used by test formats which can
          report unsupported tests.

       Depending on the test format tests may produce additional information about  their  status
       (generally only for failures).  See the OUTPUT OPTIONS section for more information.


       This section describes the lit testing architecture for users interested in creating a new
       lit testing implementation, or extending an existing one.

       lit proper is primarily an infrastructure for discovering and running arbitrary tests, and
       to expose a single convenient interface to these tests. lit itself doesn’t know how to run
       tests, rather this logic is defined by test suites.

       As described in TEST DISCOVERY, tests are always located inside a test suite.  Test suites
       serve  to  define the format of the tests they contain, the logic for finding those tests,
       and any additional information to run the tests.

       lit identifies test suites as directories containing lit.cfg or  files  (see
       also  --config-prefix).   Test suites are initially discovered by recursively searching up
       the directory hierarchy for all the input files passed on the command line.  You  can  use
       --show-suites to display the discovered test suites at startup.

       Once  a  test suite is discovered, its config file is loaded.  Config files themselves are
       Python modules which will be executed.  When the config file is  executed,  two  important
       global variables are predefined:

          The  global  lit configuration object (a LitConfig instance), which defines the builtin
          test  formats,  global  configuration  parameters,  and  other  helper   routines   for
          implementing test configurations.

          This  is  the  config  object  (a TestingConfig instance) for the test suite, which the
          config file is expected to populate.  The following variables are also available on the
          config  object,  some  of  which  must  be set by the config and others are optional or

          name [required] The name of the test suite, for use in reports and diagnostics.

          test_format [required] The test format object which will be used to  discover  and  run
          tests  in  the test suite.  Generally this will be a builtin test format available from
          the lit.formats module.

          test_source_root The filesystem path to the test suite  root.   For  out-of-dir  builds
          this is the directory that will be scanned for tests.

          test_exec_root For out-of-dir builds, the path to the test suite root inside the object
          directory.  This is where tests will be run and temporary output files placed.

          environment A dictionary representing the environment to use when  executing  tests  in
          the suite.

          suffixes For lit test formats which scan directories for tests, this variable is a list
          of suffixes to identify test files.  Used by: ShTest.

          substitutions For lit test formats which substitute variables into a test  script,  the
          list of substitutions to perform.  Used by: ShTest.

          unsupported  Mark  an  unsupported  directory,  all tests within it will be reported as
          unsupported.  Used by: ShTest.

          parent The parent configuration, this is the config object for the directory containing
          the test suite, or None.

          root The root configuration.  This is the top-most lit configuration in the project.

          pipefail  Normally  a  test using a shell pipe fails if any of the commands on the pipe
          fail. If this is not desired, setting this variable to false makes the test  fail  only
          if the last command in the pipe fails.

       Once  test  suites  are located, lit recursively traverses the source directory (following
       test_source_root) looking for tests.  When lit enters a sub-directory, it first checks  to
       see  if a nested test suite is defined in that directory.  If so, it loads that test suite
       recursively, otherwise it instantiates a local test config for the  directory  (see  LOCAL

       Tests  are  identified  by the test suite they are contained within, and the relative path
       inside that suite.  Note that the relative path may not refer to an actual file  on  disk;
       some  test  formats  (such  as  GoogleTest)  define “virtual tests” which have a path that
       contains both the path to the actual test file and a subpath to identify the virtual test.

       When lit loads a subdirectory in a test suite, it instantiates a local test  configuration
       by  cloning  the  configuration  for the parent directory — the root of this configuration
       chain will always be a test suite.  Once the test configuration is cloned lit checks for a
       lit.local.cfg  file  in the subdirectory.  If present, this file will be loaded and can be
       used to specialize the configuration for each individual directory.  This facility can  be
       used  to  define  subdirectories  of  optional  tests,  or  to  change other configuration
       parameters — for example, to change the test format, or the suffixes which  identify  test

       lit provides various patterns that can be used with the RUN command.  These are defined in

                              │Macro      │ Substitution                     │
                              │%s         │ source path (path  to  the  file │
                              │           │ currently being run)             │
                              │%S         │ source  dir  (directory  of  the │
                              │           │ file currently being run)        │
                              │%p         │ same as %S                       │
                              │%{pathsep} │ path separator                   │
                              │%t         │ temporary file  name  unique  to │
                              │           │ the test                         │
                              │%T         │ temporary  directory  unique  to │
                              │           │ the test                         │
                              │%%         │ %                                │
                              │%/s        │ same as %s  but  replace  all  / │
                              │           │ with \                           │
                              │%/S        │ same  as  %S  but  replace all / │
                              │           │ with \                           │
                              │%/p        │ same as %p  but  replace  all  / │
                              │           │ with \                           │
                              │%/t        │ same  as  %t  but  replace all / │
                              │           │ with \                           │
                              │%/T        │ same as %T  but  replace  all  / │
                              │           │ with \                           │

       Further substitution patterns might be defined by each test module.  See the modules LOCAL

       More information on the testing infrastucture can be found in the ../TestingGuide.

       The lit output for a test run conforms to the following schema, in both short and  verbose
       modes  (although  in short mode no PASS lines will be shown).  This schema has been chosen
       to be relatively easy to reliably  parse  by  a  machine  (for  example  in  buildbot  log
       scraping), and for other tools to generate.

       Each test result is expected to appear on a line that matches:

          <result code>: <test name> (<progress info>)

       where  <result-code>  is  a  standard  test  result  such  as  PASS,  FAIL,  XFAIL, XPASS,
       UNRESOLVED, or UNSUPPORTED.  The performance result codes of IMPROVED  and  REGRESSED  are
       also allowed.

       The <test name> field can consist of an arbitrary string containing no newline.

       The  <progress  info>  field can be used to report progress information such as (1/300) or
       can be empty, but even when empty the parentheses are required.

       Each test result may include additional  (multiline)  log  information  in  the  following

          <log delineator> TEST '(<test name>)' <trailing delineator>
          ... log message ...
          <log delineator>

       where  <test  name> should be the name of a preceding reported test, <log delineator> is a
       string of “*” characters at least four characters long (the recommended length is 20), and
       <trailing delineator> is an arbitrary (unparsed) string.

       The following is an example of a test run output which consists of four tests A, B, C, and
       D, and a log message for the failing test C:

          PASS: A (1 of 4)
          PASS: B (2 of 4)
          FAIL: C (3 of 4)
          ******************** TEST 'C' FAILED ********************
          Test 'C' failed as a result of exit code 1.
          PASS: D (4 of 4)

       The lit distribution contains several  example  implementations  of  test  suites  in  the
       ExampleTests directory.




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