Effect-Driven Compiler Tester:
This is a prototype implementation of a compiler testing approach described in the paper:
"Effect-Driven QuickChecking of Compilers", Jan Midtgaard, Mathias Nygaard Justesen, Patrick Kasting, Flemming Nielson, Hanne Riis Nielson, ICFP'17, http://janmidtgaard.dk/papers/Midtgaard-al:ICFP17-full.pdf (full version)
We suggest to generate programs following a dedicated type and effect
system that determines whether a program has evaluation-order
dependence. By reading the type-and-effect-system relation bottom up,
in a goal-directed manner we can generate programs that are free of
evaluation-order dependence. We can thus run such programs with both
the bytecode and native code backends of OCaml, log their observable
behaviour to a file, and
diff the two behaviours.
Building and running:
The tester requires OCaml, the QCheck library, and a *nix-like platform with
The below output is obtained with QCheck version 0.5.2. If compiled as is with a later QCheck version
(known to produce more output) the resulting program may produce a somewhat garbled output.
To build simply run
effmain.native -v (the native code build is recommended for speed reasons).
This should produce output along these lines:
$ ./effmain.native -v random seed: 228021772 ...........................................................................x...x...x...x...x...x...x...x...x...x....x...x..x....x....x.....x..x...x..x......x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x.....x..... law bytecode/native backends agree: 76 relevant cases (76 total) test `bytecode/native backends agree` failed on ≥ 1 cases: Some (let o = (let j = List.hd  in fun w -> int_of_string) "" in 0) (after 32 shrink steps) failure (1 tests failed, ran 1 tests)
Interestingly, the produced counterexamples such as
let o = (let j = List.hd  in fun w -> int_of_string) "" in 0
above illustrate observable differences in the executables produced by
the two backend, aka, bugs. This particular one is a variant of MPR#7531
You can provide a known seed with the flag
./effmain.native -v -s 228021772
to reproduce an earlier run.
When invoked without a command-line seed QCheck is seeded differently for each run and will therefore (most likely) produce different results for each of them:
- each run may reveal different errors or
- no bugs are found in the given run.
The reproducability with respect to a given seed should be taken with a large grain of salt. A seed may still yield different results depending on the underlying architecture, OS, bit-width, OCaml-version, and QCheck-version. Furthermore it is (all too) easy to invalidate previous seeds by any adjustments to
- the generator -- as the adjusted version may utilize/interpret the old seed differently,
- the generator's initial environment -- as choices herein may come out differently for a smaller/bigger/different environment,
- the shrinker -- as the adjusted version may shrink a bigger problematic counterexample to a different minimal example.
The generated programs are written to
testdir/test.ml and the
compiled versions are named
These are overwritten on each iteration. As such, the last version
remaining rarely represents a counterexample. Instead it represents
the shrinker's last (failed) attempt to shrink the minimal
counterexample one step further.
The current version tests OCaml version 4.04.0's native-code compiler
-O3 against the bytecode compiler. It was originally
tested with version 4.02.3 which doesn't support the
-O3 flag. So
far the tester has found the same bugs (below) related to erroneous
optimization in 4.02.3 as in 4.04.0 with the
If you find more errors using this approach please let me know.
MPR#7531 https://caml.inria.fr/mantis/view.php?id=7531 Delayed effects in partially applied functions
MPR#7533 https://caml.inria.fr/mantis/view.php?id=7533 Wrong code generation of
e / e' and
e mod e' with effectful
MPR#7201 https://caml.inria.fr/mantis/view.php?id=7201 Wrong optimization of
0 / e
(reported by way of Jean-Christophe Filliatre)
A quick port to js_of_ocaml revealed the following 2 bugs (reported together):
ocsigen/js_of_ocaml#584 function difference+equality exception removed
A quick port to BuckleScript revealed the following 8 bugs:
rescript-lang/rescript-compiler#1667 failure: internal compiler Failure
rescript-lang/rescript-compiler#1759 comparison+difference of units yields different results
rescript-lang/rescript-compiler#1760 div+mod: Division_by_zero removed
rescript-lang/rescript-compiler#1761 comp: function comparison succeeds
rescript-lang/rescript-compiler#1762 order: bool_of_string erroneously optimized
Known bugs recreated:
GPR#954 ocaml/ocaml#954 Wrong optimisation of
0 mod e
(fixes both the division and mod cases)
GPR#956 ocaml/ocaml#956 Keep possibly-effectful expressions when optimizing multiplication by zero
Observing the generated programs:
To invoke the generator directly, first
make eff and then start
ocaml from within this directory (this will load modules suitably
To generate an arbitrary program you can now invoke
Gen.generate1 term_gen.gen (wrapped with a suitable string coersion to make the
generator's output more understandable). The output changes per each
$ ocaml OCaml version 4.04.0 [some lines about loaded libs omitted] # Print.option (toOCaml ~typeannot:false) (Gen.generate1 term_gen.gen);; - : string = "Some (exit ((fun n -> (-98051756132636271)) string_of_bool))" # Print.option (toOCaml ~typeannot:false) (Gen.generate1 term_gen.gen);; - : string = "Some ((mod) (pred (let h = if true then exit ((/) (if false then 1830787755246062127 else (-2895157864674163253)) (lnot ((asr) (-3089269914618536456) 93))) else let w = print_endline (let i = lnot 996022529208063915 in string_of_int 25) in string_of_bool (exit (abs (-427726557501168681))) in ( * ) (pred (lnot (List.hd (List.hd (exit 991))))) (lnot 5))) ((lsr) 225 755))"
To observe the distribution of the effect-driven program generator you
can build a different target with
make stat which results in a
effstat.native executable. This program runs a constant true test
over generated terms while logging the size of each term.
runstat.sh will then run
./effstat.native -v, log the
output, process it with
sed, and pass the output to the program
runstat.sh itself requires a *nix platform with bash and 'ministat'
runstat.sh should produce output along these lines (you
can adjust the 50 generated terms in
$ ./runstat.sh x stat_size.txt +-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | x | | xx | | xx | | xxx | | xxxx | | xxxx | | xxxx | | xxxx | | xxxx x x xx | | xxxxx xxx x x xxx x x x x x| ||____________M_________A_____________________| | +-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ N Min Max Median Avg Stddev x 50 1 639 16 80.82 148.41691
The very latest version of the QCheck library can provide similar output and thereby removes the need for the above bashscript.