Test Coverage Analysis

Bareos can be built with coverage analysis support. When running the resulting binaries coverage reports of the code that has been run will be generated. You can then further analyse these reports.


You should already know how to build Bareos and run tests. To perform coverage analysis you will need a supported compiler (e.g. GCC) and some kind of analysis tool. For this documentation we will rely on gcov and gcovr.

Building with coverage support

First, you have to add the -Dcoverage=yes to the list of CMake parameters to enable report generation. If you have specified custom CFLAGS or CXXFLAGS, these might interfere. So it is probably a good idea not do set CFLAGS or CXXFLAGS until you have analysis running.

Building the binaries will still work the same. The noticeable difference is, that next to every object-file (*.o) you will now find a notes-file (*.gcno). That file describes the object’s block graph and line-numbers.

Collecting coverage information

When running the binaries, you will experience a slight slowdown in execution speed in comparison to a non-coverage build. When a program runs it will create or update the count-data-files (*.gcda) next to every object-file (*.o). As existing files are updated, running multiple programs or a single program multiple times will accumulate data.

If you want to reset the coverage data, you need to remove all the count-data-files. You can then run the programs again to collect new data.

For convienience there is the custom target cov-clean that will clean out count-data-files and the reports.

Plotting analysis data

With the notes-files and count-data-files in place, you can now plot your data. If you have a build of the sources from ~/bareos in ~/bareos/build you can produce a HTML report in ~/bareos/coverage as follows:

user@host:~$ gcovr \
             --html-details ~/bareos/coverage/index.html \
             --root ~/bareos \

You can also run make cov-report which will invoke the command shown above.

A complete example

Our aim is to check the code coverage that the ConfigParser unittests provide.

user@host ~$ git clone https://github.com/bareos/bareos.git
Cloning into 'bareos'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 113830, done.
user@host ~$ cd bareos
user@host bareos$ mkdir build
user@host bareos$ cd build
user@host build$ cmake -Dclient-only=yes -Dcoverage=yes ..
Entering /home/user/bareos
-- Found Git: /usr/bin/git (found version "2.27.0")
-- Using version information from Git
-- Configuring done
-- Generating done
-- Build files have been written to: /home/user/bareos/build

user@host build$ cmake --build .
[  0%] Building C object core/src/fastlz/CMakeFiles/bareosfastlz.dir/src/fastlzlib.c.o
[  0%] Building CXX object core/src/plugins/filed/CMakeFiles/cephfs-fd.dir/cephfs/cephfs-fd.cc.o
[  1%] Building C object core/src/lmdb/CMakeFiles/bareoslmdb.dir/mdb.c.o
[100%] Built target test_fd_plugins
[100%] Linking CXX executable test_config_parser_fd
[100%] Built target test_config_parser_fd

user@host build$ ctest -R gtest:ConfigParser
Test project /home/user/bareos/build

    Start 26: gtest:ConfigParser.test_console_config
    Start 27: gtest:ConfigParser.test_filed_config
1/2 Test #26: gtest:ConfigParser.test_console_config ...   Passed    0.04 sec
2/2 Test #27: gtest:ConfigParser.test_filed_config .....   Passed    0.04 sec

The following tests passed:

100% tests passed, 0 tests failed out of 2

Total Test time (real) =   0.05 sec

user@host build$ make cov-report
[100%] Creating HTML coverage report in /home/user/bareos/build/coverage
[100%] Built target cov-report

user@host build$ xdg-open coverage/index.html
[[report will open in your browser]]