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Improve logging/handling of signaled, killed, and terminated tests #5859

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stuhood commented May 23, 2018


While debugging #5611, I determined that when a test was killed by a signal (and thus had a negative return value from poll()), TestRunnerTaskMixin incorrectly interpreted the failure as a still-living and hung process, and would later try to kill it. There were a few broken tests allowing for this, but primarily: test_pytest_run_timeout_cant_terminate was not waiting long enough for the tested-test to start up, and so was killing it before it had its signal handler in place.

Additionally, the usage of a Timer + poll() to implement test termination meant that we were guaranteed to wait the full timeout_terminate_wait time (10 seconds by default) before poll()ing to see whether the test had exited.


  1. Interpret poll() == None as a still running process, and poll() < 0 as a process killed by a signal.
  2. Report processes killed by signals before our initial attempt to kill them (which should expose a SIGSEV in #5611).
  3. Rather than a timer, use wait() between terminate() and kill(), which avoids unnecessary sleeping.


Improved debuggability for tests that exit abnormally.


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Looks reasonable, but I don't have much context :)

@illicitonion illicitonion merged commit c4c1c29 into pantsbuild:master May 23, 2018

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stuhood commented May 23, 2018

Thanks for fixing that issue!

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