The regression tests can be run against an already installed and running server, or using a temporary installation within the build tree. Furthermore, there is a “parallel” and a “sequential” mode for running the tests. The sequential method runs each test script alone, while the parallel method starts up multiple server processes to run groups of tests in parallel. Parallel testing adds confidence that interprocess communication and locking are working correctly.
To run the parallel regression tests after building but before installation, type:
in the top-level directory. (Or you can change to
src/test/regress and run the command there.) At the end you should see something like:
======================= All 115 tests passed. =======================
or otherwise a note about which tests failed. See Section 33.2 below before assuming that a “failure” represents a serious problem.
Because this test method runs a temporary server, it will not work if you did the build as the root user, since the server will not start as root. Recommended procedure is not to do the build as root, or else to perform testing after completing the installation.
If you have configured PostgreSQL to install into a location where an older PostgreSQL installation already exists, and you perform
make check before installing the new version, you might find that the tests fail because the new programs try to use the already-installed shared libraries. (Typical symptoms are complaints about undefined symbols.) If you wish to run the tests before overwriting the old installation, you'll need to build with
configure --disable-rpath. It is not recommended that you use this option for the final installation, however.
The parallel regression test starts quite a few processes under your user ID. Presently, the maximum concurrency is twenty parallel test scripts, which means forty processes: there's a server process and a psql process for each test script. So if your system enforces a per-user limit on the number of processes, make sure this limit is at least fifty or so, else you might get random-seeming failures in the parallel test. If you are not in a position to raise the limit, you can cut down the degree of parallelism by setting the
MAX_CONNECTIONS parameter. For example:
make MAX_CONNECTIONS=10 check
runs no more than ten tests concurrently.
or for a parallel test:
The tests will expect to contact the server at the local host and the default port number, unless directed otherwise by
PGPORT environment variables. The tests will be run in a database named
regression; any existing database by this name will be dropped.
The tests will also transiently create some cluster-wide objects, such as roles and tablespaces. These objects will have names beginning with
regress_. Beware of using
installcheck mode in installations that have any actual users or tablespaces named that way.
make check and
make installcheck commands run only the “core” regression tests, which test built-in functionality of the PostgreSQL server. The source distribution also contains additional test suites, most of them having to do with add-on functionality such as optional procedural languages.
To run all test suites applicable to the modules that have been selected to be built, including the core tests, type one of these commands at the top of the build tree:
make check-world make installcheck-world
These commands run the tests using temporary servers or an already-installed server, respectively, just as previously explained for
make check and
make installcheck. Other considerations are the same as previously explained for each method. Note that
make check-world builds a separate temporary installation tree for each tested module, so it requires a great deal more time and disk space than
Alternatively, you can run individual test suites by typing
make check or
make installcheck in the appropriate subdirectory of the build tree. Keep in mind that
make installcheck assumes you've installed the relevant module(s), not only the core server.
The additional tests that can be invoked this way include:
Regression tests for optional procedural languages (other than PL/pgSQL, which is tested by the core tests). These are located under
Regression tests for
contrib modules, located under
contrib. Not all
contrib modules have tests.
Regression tests for the ECPG interface library, located in
Tests stressing behavior of concurrent sessions, located in
Tests of client programs under
src/bin. See also Section 33.4.
installcheck mode, these tests will destroy any existing databases named
ecpg2_regression, as well as
The TAP-based tests are run only when PostgreSQL was configured with the option
--enable-tap-tests. This is recommended for development, but can be omitted if there is no suitable Perl installation.
Some test suites are not run by default, either because they are not secure to run on a multiuser system or because they require special software. You can decide which test suites to run additionally by setting the
make or environment variable
PG_TEST_EXTRA to a whitespace-separated list, for example:
make check-world PG_TEST_EXTRA='kerberos ldap ssl'
The following values are currently supported:
Runs the test suite under
src/test/kerberos. This requires an MIT Kerberos installation and opens TCP/IP listen sockets.
Runs the test suite under
src/test/ldap. This requires an OpenLDAP installation and opens TCP/IP listen sockets.
Runs the test suite under
src/test/ssl. This opens TCP/IP listen sockets.
Tests for features that are not supported by the current build configuration are not run even if they are mentioned in
By default, tests using a temporary installation use the locale defined in the current environment and the corresponding database encoding as determined by
initdb. It can be useful to test different locales by setting the appropriate environment variables, for example:
make check LANG=C make check LC_COLLATE=en_US.utf8 LC_CTYPE=fr_CA.utf8
For implementation reasons, setting
LC_ALL does not work for this purpose; all the other locale-related environment variables do work.
When testing against an existing installation, the locale is determined by the existing database cluster and cannot be set separately for the test run.
You can also choose the database encoding explicitly by setting the variable
ENCODING, for example:
make check LANG=C ENCODING=EUC_JP
Setting the database encoding this way typically only makes sense if the locale is C; otherwise the encoding is chosen automatically from the locale, and specifying an encoding that does not match the locale will result in an error.
The database encoding can be set for tests against either a temporary or an existing installation, though in the latter case it must be compatible with the installation's locale.
The core regression test suite contains a few test files that are not run by default, because they might be platform-dependent or take a very long time to run. You can run these or other extra test files by setting the variable
EXTRA_TESTS. For example, to run the
make check EXTRA_TESTS=numeric_big
To run the collation tests:
make check EXTRA_TESTS='collate.icu.utf8 collate.linux.utf8' LANG=en_US.utf8
collate.linux.utf8 test works only on Linux/glibc platforms. The
collate.icu.utf8 test only works when support for ICU was built. Both tests will only succeed when run in a database that uses UTF-8 encoding.
The source distribution also contains regression tests for the static behavior of Hot Standby. These tests require a running primary server and a running standby server that is accepting new WAL changes from the primary (using either file-based log shipping or streaming replication). Those servers are not automatically created for you, nor is replication setup documented here. Please check the various sections of the documentation devoted to the required commands and related issues.
To run the Hot Standby tests, first create a database called
regression on the primary:
psql -h primary -c "CREATE DATABASE regression"
Next, run the preparatory script
src/test/regress/sql/hs_primary_setup.sql on the primary in the regression database, for example:
psql -h primary -f src/test/regress/sql/hs_primary_setup.sql regression
Allow these changes to propagate to the standby.
Now arrange for the default database connection to be to the standby server under test (for example, by setting the
PGPORT environment variables). Finally, run
make standbycheck in the regression directory:
cd src/test/regress make standbycheck
Some extreme behaviors can also be generated on the primary using the script
src/test/regress/sql/hs_primary_extremes.sql to allow the behavior of the standby to be tested.
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