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Chaos Chimp
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Graphic by ejm97

Chaos Chimp was inspired by the methodology of Netflix's Chaos Monkey testing
platform. Chaos Monkey randomly kills production servers to ensure that the
Netflix architecture can withstand constant, unpredictable failures.

Rather than kill servers, Chaos Chimp kills source code. Since it's impractical
(and dangerous) to break code on production, the chimp is run as a batch job
before deploying a round of code. And since we're running it as a batch job,
the chimp does its job in a thorough and sequential way (as opposed to working

Using Chaos Chimp:

It's easiest to run chaos from the directory of your codebase.

    python ~/chaos/ --code <path to codebase> --tests <command to
        run tests> [--exclude <wildcard patterns to ignore>] [--timeout <test
        timeout duration (sec)>]

    --code : The path to the codebase.
    --tests : The command to run tests. This script should be a synchronous
              process that does not terminate until tests have completed.
    --exclude : Patterns to exclude from testing. You may wish to exclude
                unit tests themselves from testing.
    --timeout : The duration in seconds that the unit tests should complete
                within. This is to prevent infinite loops from hanging the
                test script.


    python chaos/ --code . --tests nosetests --exclude ./chaos/*
        ./tests/* --timeout 60

    python ../chaos/ --code validator --tests fab test --timeout 15

Based on the output of Chaos Chimp, code can be identified as either:

- Dead
- Uncovered

Chaos Chimp goes a long way to make this work. It sequentially breaks nodes in
a Python script's AST tree. If the tests pass after each modification, then a
failure is logged and the AST node is saved for later analysis.

I designed Chaos Chimp to aid in improving deep code coverage of Mozilla's