Linux Test Project
Linux Test Project is a joint project started by SGI, OSDL and Bull developed and maintained by IBM, Cisco, Fujitsu, SUSE, Red Hat, Oracle and others. The project goal is to deliver tests to the open source community that validate the reliability, robustness, and stability of Linux.
The LTP testsuite contains a collection of tools for testing the Linux kernel and related features. Our goal is to improve the Linux kernel and system libraries by bringing test automation to the testing effort. Interested open source contributors are encouraged to join.
Project pages are located at: http://linux-test-project.github.io/
The latest image is always available at: https://github.com/linux-test-project/ltp/releases
The discussion about the project happens at LTP mailing list: http://lists.linux.it/listinfo/ltp
LTP mailing list is archived at: https://lore.kernel.org/ltp/
The git repository is located at GitHub at: https://github.com/linux-test-project/ltp
The patchwork instance is at: https://patchwork.ozlabs.org/project/ltp/list/
Be careful with these tests!
Don't run them on production systems. Growfiles, doio, and iogen in particular stress the I/O capabilities of systems and while they should not cause problems on properly functioning systems, they are intended to find (or cause) problems.
Quick guide to running the tests
If you have git, autoconf, automake, m4, pkgconf / pkg-config, libc headers, linux kernel headers and other common development packages installed (see INSTALL and ci/*.sh), the chances are the following will work:
$ git clone https://github.com/linux-test-project/ltp.git $ cd ltp $ make autotools $ ./configure
Now you can continue either with compiling and running a single test or with compiling and installing the whole testsuite.
For optional library dependencies look into scripts for major distros in
ci/ directory. You can also build whole LTP with
Shortcut to running a single test
If you need to execute a single test you actually do not need to compile the whole LTP, if you want to run a syscall testcase following should work.
$ cd testcases/kernel/syscalls/foo $ make $ PATH=$PATH:$PWD ./foo01
Shell testcases are a bit more complicated since these need a path to a shell library as well as to compiled binary helpers, but generally following should work.
$ cd testcases/lib $ make $ cd ../commands/foo $ PATH=$PATH:$PWD:$PWD/../../lib/ ./foo01.sh
Open Posix Testsuite has it's own build system which needs Makefiles to be generated first, then compilation should work in subdirectories as well.
$ cd testcases/open_posix_testsuite/ $ make generate-makefiles $ cd conformance/interfaces/foo $ make $ ./foo_1-1.run-test
Compiling and installing all testcases
$ make $ make install
This will install LTP to
- If you have a problem see
- If you still have a problem see
- Failing that, ask for help on the mailing list or Github.
Some tests will be disabled if the configure script can not find their build dependencies.
- If a test returns
TCONFdue to a missing component, check the
- If a tests fails due to a missing user or group, see the Quick Start section
To run all the test suites
$ cd /opt/ltp $ ./runltp
Note that many test cases have to be executed as root.
To run a particular test suite
$ ./runltp -f syscalls
To run all tests with
madvise in the name
$ ./runltp -f syscalls -s madvise
$ ./runltp --help
Test suites (e.g. syscalls) are defined in the runtest directory. Each file contains a list of test cases in a simple format, see doc/ltp-run-files.txt.
Each test case has its own executable or script, these can be executed directly
Some have arguments
$ testcases/bin/mesgq\_nstest -m none
The vast majority of test cases accept the -h (help) switch
$ testcases/bin/ioctl01 -h
Many require certain environment variables to be set
$ LTPROOT=/opt/ltp PATH="$PATH:$LTPROOT/testcases/bin" testcases/bin/wc01.sh
Most commonly, the path variable needs to be set and also
LTPROOT, but there
are a number of other variables,
runltp usually sets these for you.
Note that all shell scripts need the
PATH to be set. However this is not
limited to shell scripts, many C based tests need environment variables as
For more info see
doc/user-guide.txt or online at
Network tests require certain setup, described in
(online at https://github.com/linux-test-project/ltp/tree/master/testcases/network).
Before you start you should read following documents:
There is also a step-by-step tutorial:
If something is not covered there don't hesitate to ask on the LTP mailing list. Also note that these documents are available online at:
Although we accept GitHub pull requests, the preferred way is sending patches to our mailing list.
It's a good idea to test patches on GitHub Actions before posting to mailing list. Our GitHub Actions setup covers various architectures and distributions in order to make sure LTP compiles cleanly on most common configurations. For testing you need to just push your changes to your own LTP fork on GitHub.