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Manual invocation of tests

Test scripts in Inquisitor are normal executable Unix shell scripts. While usually they are run with scheduler automatically, it’s quite easy to run any test manually, supplying required test parameters.

The most basic way to run tests is just to enter its name; however, test scripts are usually outside of user’s PATH, so it’s necessary to use full path to script, such as /usr/share/inquisitor/test/, for example:


Alternatively, one can add test’s directory to PATH and just run test by its name, although it’s not recommended:

export PATH=/usr/share/inquisitor/test:$PATH

This command launches stress-compress test. Test will present a text user interface with editable test parameter fields, for example:

Text user interface with test parameters

Tests automatically support basic GNU options. One can check version and copyright info with -V / --version:

Inquisitor test: Stress compression
Test's version: 0.1
A part of Inquisitor platform, version 3.0

Copyright (C) 2004-2013 by Inquisitor team
This is free software.  You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of
the GNU General Public License <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

One can invoke test with -h / --help to displaying help on all the supported test parameters, for example:

Inquisitor test: Stress compression
A part of Inquisitor platform, version 3.0

This test runs many jobs on a hard drive simultaneously with background
syncer. Each jobs performs compression/decompression together with
taring/untaring of a big archive (Linux source code for example) in
infinite loop. Syncer simply makes sync call each specified number of
seconds. After specified time amount passed all jobs will be killed with
syncer. Test will post benchmark results and successfully finish.

Usage: [variables] /usr/share/inquisitor/test/stress-compress [options]

  -h, --help            display this help and exit
  -V, --version         output version information and exit

  TESTTIME              Total time of stress testing, sec (600)
  STRESS_TREE           Gzipped tarball file containing stress test tree (stress.tar.gz)
  JOBS                  Number of parallely running jobs during stress test (16)
  SYNCTIME              Sync time period, sec (8)

WARNING! This test would destroy the contents of all your hard drives!

It’s possible to pre-enter some or all of the test parameters as normal shell variables, for example:

TESTTIME=900 JOBS=2 /usr/share/inquisitor/test/stress-compress

Note that it will still display text user inteface and require confirmation(s) to start. If one wants to completely automatize test running, it’s better to run tests using a scheduler.