Commit d5cfd142 authored by Johannes Schindelin's avatar Johannes Schindelin Committed by Junio C Hamano

tests: teach the test-tool to generate NUL bytes and use it

In cc95bc20 (t5562: replace /dev/zero with a pipe from
generate_zero_bytes, 2019-02-09), we replaced usage of /dev/zero (which
is not available on NonStop, apparently) by a Perl script snippet to
generate NUL bytes.

Sadly, it does not seem to work on NonStop, as t5562 reportedly hangs.

Worse, this also hangs in the Ubuntu 16.04 agents of the CI builds on
Azure Pipelines: for some reason, the Perl script snippet that is run
via `generate_zero_bytes` in t5562's 'CONTENT_LENGTH overflow ssite_t'
test case tries to write out an infinite amount of NUL bytes unless a
broken pipe is encountered, that snippet never encounters the broken
pipe, and keeps going until the build times out.

Oddly enough, this does not reproduce on the Windows and macOS agents,
nor in a local Ubuntu 18.04.

This developer tried for a day to figure out the exact circumstances
under which this hang happens, to no avail, the details remain a

In the end, though, what counts is that this here change incidentally
fixes that hang (maybe also on NonStop?). Even more positively, it gets
rid of yet another unnecessary Perl invocation.
Signed-off-by: Johannes Schindelin's avatarJohannes Schindelin <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJunio C Hamano <>
parent d9919482
......@@ -740,6 +740,7 @@ TEST_BUILTINS_OBJS += test-dump-split-index.o
TEST_BUILTINS_OBJS += test-dump-untracked-cache.o
TEST_BUILTINS_OBJS += test-example-decorate.o
TEST_BUILTINS_OBJS += test-genrandom.o
TEST_BUILTINS_OBJS += test-genzeros.o
TEST_BUILTINS_OBJS += test-hash.o
TEST_BUILTINS_OBJS += test-hashmap.o
TEST_BUILTINS_OBJS += test-hash-speed.o
#include "test-tool.h"
#include "git-compat-util.h"
int cmd__genzeros(int argc, const char **argv)
long count;
if (argc > 2) {
fprintf(stderr, "usage: %s [<count>]\n", argv[0]);
return 1;
count = argc > 1 ? strtol(argv[1], NULL, 0) : -1L;
while (count < 0 || count--) {
if (putchar(0) == EOF)
return -1;
return 0;
......@@ -19,6 +19,7 @@ static struct test_cmd cmds[] = {
{ "dump-untracked-cache", cmd__dump_untracked_cache },
{ "example-decorate", cmd__example_decorate },
{ "genrandom", cmd__genrandom },
{ "genzeros", cmd__genzeros },
{ "hashmap", cmd__hashmap },
{ "hash-speed", cmd__hash_speed },
{ "index-version", cmd__index_version },
......@@ -16,6 +16,7 @@ int cmd__dump_split_index(int argc, const char **argv);
int cmd__dump_untracked_cache(int argc, const char **argv);
int cmd__example_decorate(int argc, const char **argv);
int cmd__genrandom(int argc, const char **argv);
int cmd__genzeros(int argc, const char **argv);
int cmd__hashmap(int argc, const char **argv);
int cmd__hash_speed(int argc, const char **argv);
int cmd__index_version(int argc, const char **argv);
......@@ -120,13 +120,7 @@ remove_cr () {
# If $1 is 'infinity', output forever or until the receiving pipe stops reading,
# whichever comes first.
generate_zero_bytes () {
perl -e 'if ($ARGV[0] == "infinity") {
while (-1) {
print "\0"
} else {
print "\0" x $ARGV[0]
}' "$@"
test-tool genzeros "$@"
# In some bourne shell implementations, the "unset" builtin returns
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