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@settitle FFmpeg Automated Testing Environment
@center @titlefont{FFmpeg Automated Testing Environment}
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@node Top
@chapter Introduction
FATE is an extended regression suite on the client-side and a means
for results aggregation and presentation on the server-side.
The first part of this document explains how you can use FATE from
your FFmpeg source directory to test your ffmpeg binary. The second
part describes how you can run FATE to submit the results to FFmpeg's
FATE server.
In any way you can have a look at the publicly viewable FATE results
by visiting this website:
This is especially recommended for all people contributing source
code to FFmpeg, as it can be seen if some test on some platform broke
with their recent contribution. This usually happens on the platforms
the developers could not test on.
The second part of this document describes how you can run FATE to
submit your results to FFmpeg's FATE server. If you want to submit your
results be sure to check that your combination of CPU, OS and compiler
is not already listed on the above mentioned website.
In the third part you can find a comprehensive listing of FATE makefile
targets and variables.
@chapter Using FATE from your FFmpeg source directory
If you want to run FATE on your machine you need to have the samples
in place. You can get the samples via the build target fate-rsync.
Use this command from the top-level source directory:
make fate-rsync SAMPLES=fate-suite/
make fate SAMPLES=fate-suite/
@end example
The above commands set the samples location by passing a makefile
variable via command line. It is also possible to set the samples
location at source configuration time by invoking configure with
@option{--samples=<path to the samples directory>}. Afterwards you can
invoke the makefile targets without setting the @var{SAMPLES} makefile
variable. This is illustrated by the following commands:
./configure --samples=fate-suite/
make fate-rsync
make fate
@end example
Yet another way to tell FATE about the location of the sample
directory is by making sure the environment variable FATE_SAMPLES
contains the path to your samples directory. This can be achieved
by e.g. putting that variable in your shell profile or by setting
it in your interactive session.
FATE_SAMPLES=fate-suite/ make fate
@end example
@float NOTE
Do not put a '~' character in the samples path to indicate a home
directory. Because of shell nuances, this will cause FATE to fail.
@end float
To use a custom wrapper to run the test, pass @option{--target-exec} to
@command{configure} or set the @var{TARGET_EXEC} Make variable.
@chapter Submitting the results to the FFmpeg result aggregation server
To submit your results to the server you should run fate through the
shell script @file{tests/} from the FFmpeg sources. This script needs
to be invoked with a configuration file as its first argument.
tests/ /path/to/fate_config
@end example
A configuration file template with comments describing the individual
configuration variables can be found at @file{doc/}.
The mentioned configuration template is also available here:
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Create a configuration that suits your needs, based on the configuration
template. The @env{slot} configuration variable can be any string that is not
yet used, but it is suggested that you name it adhering to the following
pattern @samp{@var{arch}-@var{os}-@var{compiler}-@var{compiler version}}. The
configuration file itself will be sourced in a shell script, therefore all
shell features may be used. This enables you to setup the environment as you
need it for your build.
For your first test runs the @env{fate_recv} variable should be empty or
commented out. This will run everything as normal except that it will omit
the submission of the results to the server. The following files should be
present in $workdir as specified in the configuration file:
@item configure.log
@item compile.log
@item test.log
@item report
@item version
@end itemize
When you have everything working properly you can create an SSH key pair
and send the public key to the FATE server administrator who can be contacted
at the email address @email{}.
Configure your SSH client to use public key authentication with that key
when connecting to the FATE server. Also do not forget to check the identity
of the server and to accept its host key. This can usually be achieved by
running your SSH client manually and killing it after you accepted the key.
The FATE server's fingerprint is:
@table @samp
@item RSA
@item ECDSA
@end table
If you have problems connecting to the FATE server, it may help to try out
the @command{ssh} command with one or more @option{-v} options. You should
get detailed output concerning your SSH configuration and the authentication
The only thing left is to automate the execution of the script and
the synchronisation of the samples directory.
@chapter Uploading new samples to the fate suite
If you need a sample uploaded send a mail to samples-request.
This is for developers who have an account on the fate suite server.
If you upload new samples, please make sure they are as small as possible,
space on each client, network bandwidth and so on benefit from smaller test cases.
Also keep in mind older checkouts use existing sample files, that means in
practice generally do not replace, remove or overwrite files as it likely would
break older checkouts or releases.
Also all needed samples for a commit should be uploaded, ideally 24
hours, before the push.
If you need an account for frequently uploading samples or you wish to help
others by doing that send a mail to ffmpeg-devel.
#First update your local samples copy:
rsync -vauL --chmod=Dg+s,Duo+x,ug+rw,o+r,o-w,+X ~/fate-suite
#Then do a dry run checking what would be uploaded:
rsync -vanL --no-g --chmod=Dg+s,Duo+x,ug+rw,o+r,o-w,+X ~/fate-suite/
#Upload the files:
rsync -vaL --no-g --chmod=Dg+s,Duo+x,ug+rw,o+r,o-w,+X ~/fate-suite/
@end example
@chapter FATE makefile targets and variables
@section Makefile targets
@table @option
@item fate-rsync
Download/synchronize sample files to the configured samples directory.
@item fate-list
Will list all fate/regression test targets.
@item fate
Run the FATE test suite (requires the fate-suite dataset).
@end table
@section Makefile variables
@table @env
@item V
Verbosity level, can be set to 0, 1 or 2.
@item 0: show just the test arguments
@item 1: show just the command used in the test
@item 2: show everything
@end itemize
Specify or override the path to the FATE samples at make time, it has a
meaning only while running the regression tests.
Specify how many threads to use while running regression tests, it is
quite useful to detect thread-related regressions.
Specify which threading strategy test, either @samp{slice} or @samp{frame},
by default @samp{slice+frame}
Specify CPU flags.
Specify or override the wrapper used to run the tests.
The @env{TARGET_EXEC} option provides a way to run FATE wrapped in
@command{valgrind}, @command{qemu-user} or @command{wine} or on remote targets
through @command{ssh}.
@item GEN
Set to @samp{1} to generate the missing or mismatched references.
Specify which hardware acceleration to use while running regression tests,
by default @samp{none} is used.
@item KEEP
Set to @samp{1} to keep temp files generated by fate test(s) when test is successful.
Default is @samp{0}, which removes these files. Files are always kept when a test
@end table
@section Examples
make V=1 SAMPLES=/var/fate/samples THREADS=2 CPUFLAGS=mmx fate
@end example