Passing time factor to tests run under jtreg

Gary Adams gary.adams at
Tue Nov 15 20:14:16 UTC 2011

  I've been scanning a number of the slow machine test
bugs that are reported and wanted to check to see if
anyone has looked into time dependencies in the regression
tests previously. From what I've been able to learn so far
individual bugs can use the "timeout" parameter to indicate to
the test harness an expected time to run.

The test harness has command line arguments where it can
filter out tests that take too long (timelimit) or can apply a multiplier to
to the timeout when conditions are known to slow down the process
(timeoutFactor). e.g. 8X for a slow machine or running with -Xcomp

I see that there are some wrappers that can be applied around running
a particular test to allow processing before main(). Could this mechanism
be exploited so the harness command line options could be made known
to the time dependent tests as command line arguments or as system

My thought is the current timeout granularity is too large and only applies
to the full test execution. If a test knew that a timeoutFactor was to be applied,
it could internally adjust the time dependent delays appropriately. e.g.
not every sleep(), await(), join() with timeouts  would need the timeoutFactor

Before any test could be updated the information would need to be available
from the test context.

Any feedback/pointers appreciated!


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