LizardFS functional testing

How to set up a testing environment?

Functional tests configure and run testing LizardFS installation several times. The testing installation runs all system modules on a single computer.

To prepare the testing environment safely, please use the following script:


You will need root permissions to use it. While running it, you may want to provide directories which will be used by the chunkservers during the tests to store any generated data as an arguments to this script, eg:

sudo setup /mnt/hdb /mnt/hdc /mnt/hdd /mnt/hde

These directories may be located on one physical disk. Long tests, however, may not work in such a configuration (they generate heavy traffic). It’s OK for sanity checks.

You will need to have about 60 GB of disk space available for the tests. At least three directories have to be provided in order to run some of the test cases.

If you want to know what ‘’ does, just run it without any command line arguments. It will print a short description of all the changes it is going to make.

The tests need to know which binaries should be tested. The default location is /var/lib/lizardfstest/local and this means eg. that the master server will run code from the /var/lib/lizardfstest/local/sbin/mfsmaster file. You can change the default directory by adding an entry like the following to the /etc/lizardfs_tests.conf file:

: ${LIZARDFS_ROOT:=/home/you/local}

Make sure that the user lizardfstest is able to read files from this directory.

How to compile the tests?

To use tests, LizardFS has to be compiled with an option ENABLE_TESTS, e.g.:


The test installation has to be prepared. The default location for tests is ‘$HOME/local’ but it can be changed in the tests config file, e.g.:


After that, the tests are ready to be run.

How to launch the tests?

Test binary is installed together with the file system. The path leading to it is the following:


Alternatively, it can be run from build directory:


This binary runs all the bash scripts using googletest framework. This makes it easy to generate a report after all the tests are finished. Part of the source code of the ‘lizardfs-tests’ binary (list of tests) is generated automatically when tests are added or removed. Launched without any parameters, it executes all available tests.

By using the parameter ‘–gtest_filter’ you can choose which tests are to be run. The above parameter uses a pattern to select the tests, e.g.:

./lizardfs-tests --gtest_filter='SanityChecks*'

The command above runs all tests from the ‘SanityChecks’ suite.

A ‘lizardfs-tests’ binary uses an interface delivered by googletest which is displayed after issuing:

./lizardfs-tests --help

How to make your own test?

To create a new test simply create a file like this:



<SUITE> is a test suite that you want your test to be a part of.

Existing test suites:

basic tests of LizardFS functionality; these tests should last a couple of minutes,
advanced tests of LizardFS functionality not requiring dedicated storage; these tests last around half an hour,
advanced tests of LizardFS functionality requiring dedicated storage; these tests last a few hours,
tests using LizardFS mountpoint to populate LizardFS installation with data and validate them; these tests are desigend to be run continuously,

<TEST_NAME> is the name of your test.

Tests which you write are run inside a kind of sandbox. They use the UID of a special user ‘lizardfstest’, so you can safely spawn any processes (they will be killed after the test).

Our testing framework provides numerous bash functions and structures. They are implemented in the following directory:


Merry testing!