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Date:   Thu, 14 Oct 2021 10:16:35 +0800
From:   David Gow <davidgow@...gle.com>
To:     Daniel Latypov <dlatypov@...gle.com>
Cc:     Brendan Higgins <brendanhiggins@...gle.com>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        KUnit Development <kunit-dev@...glegroups.com>,
        "open list:KERNEL SELFTEST FRAMEWORK" 
        <linux-kselftest@...r.kernel.org>,
        Shuah Khan <skhan@...uxfoundation.org>,
        Jeremy Kerr <jk@...econstruct.com.au>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH] kunit: flatten kunit_suite*** to kunit_suite** in executor

On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 3:13 AM Daniel Latypov <dlatypov@...gle.com> wrote:
>
> Per [1], we might not need the array-of-array of kunit_suite's.
>
> This RFC patch previews the changes we'd make to the executor to
> accommodate that by making the executor automatically flatten the
> kunit_suite*** into a kunit_suite**.
>
> The test filtering support [2] added the largest dependency on the
> current kunit_suite*** layout, so this patch is based on that.
>
> It actually drastically simplifies the code, so it might be useful to
> keep the auto-flattening step until we actually make the change.
>
> [1] https://lore.kernel.org/linux-kselftest/101d12fc9250b7a445ff50a9e7a25cd74d0e16eb.camel@codeconstruct.com.au/
> [2] https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/shuah/linux-kselftest.git/commit/?h=kunit&id=3b29021ddd10cfb6b2565c623595bd3b02036f33
>
> Cc: Jeremy Kerr <jk@...econstruct.com.au>
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Latypov <dlatypov@...gle.com>
> ---

I really like this. My only real concern is that it's a little unclear
exactly what the resulting layout is, particularly as to what the
"make_suite_set" function does. It'd be nice to have some more
documentation, either as a comment on the function or a more detailed
commit message, which explicitly describes the old format (an array
(with start and end pointers) of NULL-terminated arrays of suites),
and the new format (a single, NULL-terminated array with both start
and end pointers).

Re: NULL termination. If we're already using both start and end
pointers, the NULL terminator seems useless. (And if we've got a NULL
terminator, why are we passing the end pointer around.) It's not
super-clear why we'd want both, though the comments in this reply do
clarify things a bit:
https://lore.kernel.org/linux-kselftest/CAGS_qxoziNGNVpsUfvUfOReADY0PdriV2gJJ7+LUzzd+7BU-Ow@mail.gmail.com/

Finally, if we do want a runtime way of adding suites to the
executor's list at runtime (which was suggested as a way of working
around some suites which might need extra, global, initialisation),
this might change how that'd have to be implemented a bit. I'm not too
worried about that, though: it's something that's probably better
served with something like a linked list of suite_sets or the like,
anyway.

In any case, I've tested this in the non-module case, and it seems to work fine.
Tested-by: David Gow <davidgow@...gle.com>

Cheers,
-- David

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