Coverare support allow you to get coverage information from Xen execution. You can see how many times a line is executed.
Some compilers have specific options that enable the collection of this information. Every basic block in the code will be instrumented by the compiler to compute these statistics. It should not be used in production as it slows down your hypervisor.
Test coverage support can be turned on compiling Xen with the
coverage option set
cd xen make coverage=y
(or change your
The way GCC and other tools deal with coverage information is to use some files created during build phase (.gcno) and some files produced by executing the program (.gcda). The program in this case is Xen but Xen cannot write files so the way you can use coverage from Xen is extract coverage data from Xen and then split these information into files.
To extract data you use a simple utility called
allows you to do 3 operations:
xencov readextract data
xencov resetreset all coverage counters
xencov read-resetextract data and reset counters at the same time.
Another utility (
xencov_split) is used to split extracted data file into files
needed by userspace tools.
Once you extracted data from Xen, it is time to create files which the coverage tools
can understand. To do it you need to run
The utility just takes an input file and splits the blob into gcc .gcda files
in the same directory that you execute the script. As file names are generated
relative to the current directory, it could be a good idea to run the script
/ on your build machine.
Code for splitting the blob is put in another utility for some reason: * It is simpler to maintain a high level script than a C program; * You don't need to execute on the Xen host so you just need to copy the file to your development box (you usually need development files anyway).
This section is just an example on how to use these tools!
This example assumes you compiled Xen from
~/xen-unstable and installed into
the host. Consider that if you even recompile Xen you are not able to use
blob extracted from xencov!
lcovpackage is installed
From the Xen host machine extract the coverage blob
cd /root xencov read coverage.dat
Copy the extracted blob to your dev machine
cd ~ scp root@myhost:coverage.dat
Extract the coverage information
(cd / && xencov_split ~/coverage.dat)
Produce coverage html output
cd ~/xen-unstable rm -rf cov.info cov geninfo -o cov.info xen mkdir cov genhtml -o cov cov.info
See output in a browser