Where is KUnit? Getting KUnit
KUnit is integrated into the Linux kernel, so all you need is a version of the kernel which contains KUnit, and a config file with which to build it. The Getting KUnit page covers the different versions of KUnit available, and where to get them.
To run KUnit tests, you’ll need to provide a ‘kunitconfig’ file, which contains the list of test modules to build, and their dependencies.
Once you have the
kunitconfig file, just run:
You may want to run KUnit with flags like:
./tools/testing/kunit/kunit.py run --timeout=30 --jobs=24 --defconfig
--timeoutsets a maximum amount of time to allow tests to run.
--jobssets the number of threads to use to build the kernel.
--defconfiguses an default kunitconfig in the kernel source.
For more information on these and other flags, try running:
./tools/testing/kunit/kunit.py run --help
This will build a UML (User Mode Linux) kernel, run the specified tests, and print the results (nicely formatted) to the screen.
If you get the error message:
/bin/sh: flex: command not found or
/bin/sh: bison: command not found, you are most likely missing
the flex and bison packages. On a system using the apt package manager you
can install them with
sudo apt-get install flex bison
For more information on building the kernel, see https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/changes.html
Once you have KUnit working, writing tests is easy. Each test is a function
which accepts a
struct kunit argument, and which calls the various
KUNIT_EXPECT_* macros to verify the state under test.
More details can be found in the Getting Started guide.
Submitting tests upstream¶
Ideally, KUnit tests will be submitted upstream alongside the code being tested,
so any user or developer can run the tests and test any changes they make. Once
KUnit itself is upstream, this means that KUnit tests should ideally be treated
as any other change, and submitted via the maintainer of the subsystem being
tested. (Though do feel free to copy in the
if you want.)
For the time being, though, we recommend submitting patches via the
linux-kselftest/test branch, which contains the version of KUnit likely to
head upstream. To do so, please send your patch via the
firstname.lastname@example.org list, and include
in the subject prefix. You should still get a review from the subsystem
And, of course, you should follow the general rules and guidelines laid out in https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/submitting-patches.html