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Regression Levels and Running Regression Tests

CVC4's regression tests are divided into 5 levels (level 0 to 4). Higher regression levels are reserved for longer running regressions.

For running regressions tests, see the INSTALL file.

By default, each invocation of CVC4 is done with a 10 minute timeout. To use a different timeout, set the TEST_TIMEOUT environment variable:

TEST_TIMEOUT=0.5 make regress0

This runs regression tests from level 0 with a 0.5 second timeout.

Adding New Regressions

To add a new regression file, add the file to git, for example:

git add regress/regress0/testMyFunctionality.cvc

Also add it to CMakeLists.txt in this directory.

A number of regressions exist under test/regress that are not listed in CMakeLists.txt. These are regressions that may someday be included in the standard suite of tests, but are not yet included (perhaps they test functionality not yet supported).

The following types of regression files are supported:

Expected Output, Error, and Exit Codes

In the regression file, you can specify expected stdout, stderr, and exit codes with the following directives:

% EXPECT: stdout
% EXPECT-ERROR: stderr
% EXIT: 0

This example expects an exit status of 0 from CVC4, the single line "stderr" on stderr, and the single line "stdout" on stdout. You can repeat EXPECT and EXPECT-ERROR lines as many times as you like, and at different points of the file. This is useful for multiple queries:

% EXPECT-ERROR: Parse Error: regress.cvc:7.13: Unexpected token: 'error'.
syntax error;
% EXIT: 1

Note that the directives are in comments, so if the benchmark file is an smt2 file for example, the first character would be ; instead of %.

Benchmark files can also specify the command line options to be used when executing CVC4, for example:

% COMMAND-LINE: --incremental

If multiple COMMAND-LINE directives are used, the regression is run with each set of options separately.

Sometimes, the expected output or error output may need some processing. This is done with the SCRUBBER and ERROR-SCRUBBER directives. The command specified by the SCRUBBER/ERROR-SCRUBBER directive is applied to the output before the the output is matched against the EXPECT/EXPECT-ERROR directives respectively. For example:

; SCRUBBER: sed -e 's/The fact in question: .*$/The fact in question: TERM/' -e 's/in a linear logic: .*$/in a linear logic: TERM/'
; EXPECT: (error "A non-linear fact was asserted to arithmetic in a linear logic.
; EXPECT: The fact in question: TERM
; EXPECT: ")

The SCRUBBER directive in this example replaces the actual term by a fixed string TERM to make the regression test robust to the actual term printed (e.g. there could be multiple non-linear facts and it is ok if any of them is printed).

Sometimes, certain benchmarks only apply to certain CVC4 configurations. The REQUIRES directive can be used to only run a given benchmark when a feature is supported. For example:

; REQUIRES: symfpu

This benchmark is only run when symfpu has been configured. Multiple REQUIRES directives are supported. For a list of features that can be listed as a requirement, refer to CVC4's --show-config output. Features can also be excluded by adding the no- prefix, e.g. no-symfpu means that the test is not valid for builds that include symfpu support.

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