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2.3 Running the Test Suite

After a successful configure and make run, it is a good idea to run the test suite. It can help catch issues with the setup or environment, or bugs in Guix itself—and really, reporting test failures is a good way to help improve the software. To run the test suite, type:

make check

Test cases can run in parallel: you can use the -j option of GNU make to speed things up. The first run may take a few minutes on a recent machine; subsequent runs will be faster because the store that is created for test purposes will already have various things in cache.

It is also possible to run a subset of the tests by defining the TESTS makefile variable as in this example:

make check TESTS="tests/store.scm tests/cpio.scm"

By default, tests results are displayed at a file level. In order to see the details of every individual test cases, it is possible to define the SCM_LOG_DRIVER_FLAGS makefile variable as in this example:

make check TESTS="tests/base64.scm" SCM_LOG_DRIVER_FLAGS="--brief=no"

Upon failure, please email and attach the test-suite.log file. Please specify the Guix version being used as well as version numbers of the dependencies (see Requirements) in your message.

Guix also comes with a whole-system test suite that tests complete Guix System instances. It can only run on systems where Guix is already installed, using:

make check-system

or, again, by defining TESTS to select a subset of tests to run:

make check-system TESTS="basic mcron"

These system tests are defined in the (gnu tests …) modules. They work by running the operating systems under test with lightweight instrumentation in a virtual machine (VM). They can be computationally intensive or rather cheap, depending on whether substitutes are available for their dependencies (see Substitutes). Some of them require a lot of storage space to hold VM images.

Again in case of test failures, please send all the details.

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