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Linux Tools Project/EPP Testing

Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Linux Developers Manual Testing

The Linux Tools team is responsible for an EPP package (look for it here). The following is a list of our manual test steps. Test projects can be found in this archive file:


  • ensure ChangeLog preferences are set
  • make changes (add, remove, modify) in a Linux Tools CVS repo and press Ctrl-Alt-p
  • verify that ChangeLog entry gets written and that new and removed are automatically filled in
  • verify that Ctrl-clicking on files in ChangeLog opens them
  • pick a C file and do a Ctrl-Alt-c in a function
  • verify that the C function is specified in the ChangeLog
  • pick a java file and do Ctrl-Alt-C in a method
  • verify that the Java method is specified in the ChangeLog
  • for ChangeLog + SVN testing, use
  • for ChangeLog + CVS testing, use module: autotools->sources

Note that Ctrl-Alt-p conflicts with the Subversive "Create patch" keybinding but after disabling it, you should be able to prepare a ChangeLog entry.


  • create an RPM project
  • edit the .spec a bit, using templates and completion
  • verify Ctrl-Alt-c uses ChangeLog name/email


  • create a hello world C project
  • add the line: void *p = malloc(5000);
  • build and right click on binary and choose Profile using Valgrind
  • this should use memcheck and bring up the Valgrind window with error noted for unfreed malloc
  • verify error marker is in hello.c and that clicking on error in Valgrind window brings up line in editor
  • click on X icon in Valgrind window to verify error marker is removed
  • right click on binary and choose Profiling Configurations
  • under Valgrind, choose the current configuration for a.out and then in the Valgrind option tab select massif
  • generate massif graph; click around graph and details table and verify code opens for snapshots
  • test helgrind's xml output parsing and expand/collapse of results
  • run cachegrind and test all plug-ins options and the expected output


  • ensure error messages are present for requiring the running of the installation script
  • perform # opcontrol --deinit and # echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/nmi_watchdog
  • create project with factorial.c program below
  • for factorial project, go to Project Properties->Autotools->Configure Settings->Advanced and click on Debug (-g)
  • profile binary using OProfile and verify OProfile shows values
  • double-click in OProfile output to verify source integration functions properly

#include <stdio.h>
long long factorial(int x) {
  long long result = x;
  while (x > 1)
    result = result * (x-- - 1);
  return result;
  long long x;
  int i;
  for (i = 0; i < 1000000; ++i)
    x = factorial(20);
  printf("result is %Ld\n", x);


  • use the same project as the OProfile test
  • profile the binary using Perf
  • verify the Perf dialog comes up and there is data for the main executable as well as the kernel


  • create a hello world gnu autotools project named "hello" from new C Project Wizard
  • ensure project builds and can run executable
  • verify there is a Configure console for the project as well as a build console
  • open project's file and verify macros colourized and outline view exists
  • hover over AC_INIT and make sure hover exists
  • open project properties and ensure there is an Autotools entry in the tree
  • open it and make sure that there are General and Configure Settings tree entries
  • click on Configure Settings tree entry to make sure view comes up ok on right
  • do the same for General tree entry and click on Tools and Editors tabs
  • close property view
  • open up sample/hello.c in the hello world project
  • ensure that there are no warnings or errors in editor
  • close Eclipse and restart
  • verify that there are no warnings or errors in open hello.c file
  • from Project menu select Reconfigure project and make sure project reconfigures
  • verify there is a Configure console as well as the configuration appears in the CDT Global Build Console
  • from Project menu select Invoke Autotools
  • verify there is autoconf, automake, aclocal, autoheader, libtoolize, autoreconf
  • select autoheader
  • in the autoheader menu, add --help option and hit OK
  • verify that there is an Autotools console and that it contains the help info for autoheader
  • create a C++ hello world project from the C++ project wizard
  • verify it builds and runs the executable
  • import a CVS autotools project ( specify anonymous and pserver and choose to use existing module
  • open autotools in viewer and select sources, then hit next button
  • choose to use new project wizard and hit Finish
  • select C/C++ -> C project
  • from C project wizard dialog select GNU Autotools -> empty project and hit Finish
  • there will be a timing issue with the build and CVS checkout
  • select Project->Reconfigure project and reconfigure project
  • build project after that and make sure the executable runs (hello world type project)


  • go to previous Autotools hello world project
  • open sample/hello.c in editor
  • hover over puts function and verify that description is returned
  • create new line in C file
  • type mem and then hit CTRL+space and verify choice of C mem functions appears
  • go to Project->Properties and open C/C++ General tree element
  • click on Documentation tree element
  • in Help Books list uncheck glibc entry and click Ok button
  • go back to hello.c file in editor and hover over puts again
  • verify that hover only shows prototype of function and no description
  • open Window->Preferences->Library Hover
  • verify that there is a Devhelp sub-category
  • make sure some devhelp documentation is installed (e.g. pango-devel)
  • in the Devhelp page attempt to regenerate the devhelp hover
  • close preferences
  • go to hello.c again and click CTRL+space
  • verify that functions from devhelp documentation are offered
  • restart Eclipse and verify that items from devhelp documentation show up in Help Contents


  • open gmon.out and *.gcno/*.gcda to verify viewers come up
  • ensure linking with source code functions properly


  • Run eclipse and create a new General Project.
  • Click on File -> new -> Systemtap -> Systemtap Script.
    • Follow the wizard to create a new script under the General Project you've just created.
  • By now the function view and probe views should be populated. Ensure that that is the case.
  • Write a small script. Here is a sample script:
  global read, write, start
  probe begin {
     start = gettimeofday_s()
  probe syscall.write {   
     write += count
  probe {
     read += count
  probe timer.jiffies(100){
  probe {
     printf("%d\t%d\t%d\n", (gettimeofday_s()-start), read, write)
  • Run it through run configurations. Try out the various options there.
  • If you have systemtap installed the script should run otherwise you should be presented with a dialog telling you that systemtap is missing. If so, install it and try again

Help Contents

  • click on Help->Help Contents
  • verify there are help documents for Autotools, Gcov, Gprof, Libhover, Valgrind, OProfile, ChangeLog
  • also verify there is a GNU Tools entry with tools such as gcc, ld, binutils
  • click on the documentation to make sure there are no obvious flaws when they open

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