geninfo - Generate tracefiles from .da files
[-o|--output-filename filename] [-f|--follow]
[--gcov-tool tool] [--ignore-errors errors]
[--no-recursion] directory [--external] [--no-external]
[--config-file config-file] [--no-markers]
[--derive-func-data] [--compat mode=on|off|auto]
[--include pattern] [--exclude pattern]
geninfo converts all GCOV coverage data files found in directory into tracefiles, which the genhtml tool can convert to HTML output.
Unless the --output-filename option is specified, geninfo writes its output to one file per .da file, the name of which is generated by simply appending ".info" to the respective .da file name.
Note that the current user needs write access to both directory as well as to the original source code location. This is necessary because some temporary files have to be created there during the conversion process.
Note also that geninfo is called from within lcov, so that there is usually no need to call it directly.
To exclude specific lines of code from a tracefile, you can add exclusion markers to the source code. Additionally you can exclude specific branches from branch coverage without excluding the involved lines from line and function coverage. Exclusion markers are keywords which can for example be added in the form of a comment. See lcovrc(5) how to override some of them.
The following markers are recognized by geninfo:
Use this option to specify the base directory of a build-environment when geninfo produces error messages like:
In this example, use /home/user/project as base directory.
This option is required when using geninfo on projects built with libtool or similar build environments that work with a base directory, i.e. environments, where the current working directory when invoking the compiler is not the same directory in which the source code file is located.
Note that this option will not work in environments where multiple base directories are used. In that case use configuration file setting geninfo_auto_base=1 (see lcovrc(5)).
Use --checksum to enable checksum generation or --no-checksum to disable it. Checksum generation is disabled by default.
When checksum generation is enabled, a checksum will be generated for each source code line and stored along with the coverage data. This checksum will be used to prevent attempts to combine coverage data from different source code versions.
If you don't work with different source code versions, disable this option to speed up coverage data processing and to reduce the size of tracefiles.
Use --compat to specify that geninfo should enable one or more compatibility modes when capturing coverage data. You can provide a comma-separated list of mode=value pairs to specify the values for multiple modes.
Valid values are:
If no value is specified, 'on' is assumed as default value.
Valid modes are:
The default value for this setting is 'on'.
The default value for this setting is 'auto'.
The default value for this setting is 'auto'
Use --compat-libtool to enable libtool compatibility mode or --no-compat-libtool to disable it. The libtool compatibility mode is enabled by default.
When libtool compatibility mode is enabled, geninfo will assume that the source code relating to a .da file located in a directory named ".libs" can be found in its parent directory.
If you have directories named ".libs" in your build environment but don't use libtool, disable this option to prevent problems when capturing coverage data.
When this option is specified, neither the system-wide configuration file /etc/lcovrc, nor the per-user configuration file ~/.lcovrc is read.
This option may be useful when there is a need to run several instances of geninfo with different configuration file options in parallel.
Use this option to collect function coverage data, even if the version of the gcov tool installed on the test system does not provide this data. lcov will instead derive function coverage data from line coverage data and information about which lines belong to a function.
Use this switch if you want to exclude coverage data for a particular set of source files matching any of the given patterns. Multiple patterns can be specified by using multiple --exclude command line switches. The patterns will be interpreted as shell wildcard patterns (note that they may need to be escaped accordingly to prevent the shell from expanding them first).
Can be combined with the --include command line switch. If a given file matches both the include pattern and the exclude pattern, the exclude pattern will take precedence.
External source files are files which are not located in one of the directories specified by --directory or --base-directory. Use --external to include external source files while capturing coverage data or --no-external to ignore this data.
Data for external source files is included by default.
Use this switch if you want to include coverage data for only a particular set of source files matching any of the given patterns. Multiple patterns can be specified by using multiple --include command line switches. The patterns will be interpreted as shell wildcard patterns (note that they may need to be escaped accordingly to prevent the shell from expanding them first).
Use this option to specify a list of one or more classes of errors after which geninfo should continue processing instead of aborting.
errors can be a comma-separated list of the following keywords:
gcov: the gcov tool returned with a non-zero return code.
source: the source code file for a data set could not be found.
Run geninfo with this option on the directories containing .bb, .bbg or .gcno files before running any test case. The result is a "baseline" coverage data file that contains zero coverage for every instrumented line and function. Combine this data file (using lcov -a) with coverage data files captured after a test run to ensure that the percentage of total lines covered is correct even when not all object code files were loaded during the test.
Note: currently, the --initial option does not generate branch coverage information.
If you want to have all data written to a single file (for easier handling), use this option to specify the respective filename. By default, one tracefile will be created for each processed .da file.
Suppresses all informational progress output. When this switch is enabled, only error or warning messages are printed.
Use this option to specify a keyword=value statement which overrides the corresponding configuration statement in the lcovrc configuration file. You can specify this option more than once to override multiple configuration statements. See lcovrc(5) for a list of available keywords and their meaning.
This proves useful when data from several test cases is merged (i.e. by simply concatenating the respective tracefiles) in which case a test name can be used to differentiate between data from each test case.
Following is a quick description of the tracefile format as used by genhtml, geninfo and lcov.
A tracefile is made up of several human-readable lines of text, divided into sections. If available, a tracefile begins with the testname which is stored in the following format:
For each source file referenced in the .da file, there is a section containing filename and coverage data:
SF:<absolute path to the source file>
Following is a list of line numbers for each function name found in the source file:
FN:<line number of function start>,<function name>
Next, there is a list of execution counts for each instrumented function:
FNDA:<execution count>,<function name>
This list is followed by two lines containing the number of functions found and hit:
FNF:<number of functions found>
FNH:<number of function hit>
Branch coverage information is stored which one line per branch:
BRDA:<line number>,<block number>,<branch number>,<taken>
Block number and branch number are gcc internal IDs for the branch. Taken is either '-' if the basic block containing the branch was never executed or a number indicating how often that branch was taken.
Branch coverage summaries are stored in two lines:
BRF:<number of branches found>
BRH:<number of branches hit>
Then there is a list of execution counts for each instrumented line (i.e. a line which resulted in executable code):
DA:<line number>,<execution count>[,<checksum>]
Note that there may be an optional checksum present for each instrumented line. The current geninfo implementation uses an MD5 hash as checksumming algorithm.
At the end of a section, there is a summary about how many lines were found and how many were actually instrumented:
LH:<number of lines with a non-zero execution count>
LF:<number of instrumented lines>
Each sections ends with:
In addition to the main source code file there are sections for all #included files which also contain executable code.
Note that the absolute path of a source file is generated by interpreting the contents of the respective .bb file (see gcov (1) for more information on this file type). Relative filenames are prefixed with the directory in which the .bb file is found.
Note also that symbolic links to the .bb file will be resolved so that the actual file path is used instead of the path to a link. This approach is necessary for the mechanism to work with the /proc/gcov files.
Peter Oberparleiter <Peter.Oberparleiter@de.ibm.com>