tfel-check is a tool designed to launch unit-tests and provide tools to test the outputs. tfel-check mostly targets scientific application which does not have in-house abilities to compare their results to reference results.

1 Overview

1.1 Basic usage

The basic usage of tfel-check is simply to call tfel-check without options:

$ tfel-check

tfel-check will then execute the tests and comparisons described in every file with the extension .check in the current directory and, recursively, in all the subdirectories. The syntax of of those files are described in Section 2.

One may also specify only a set of files to be considered, as follows:

$ tfel-check test1.check test2.check

One may also specify a configuration file using the --config command line option, as follows:

$ tfel-check --config=test.config

The configuration files are described in Section 3.

Substitution strings can be specified in configuration files or in the command line, as follows:

$ tfel-check --@python@=python3.5

With this option, every occurrence of @python@ will be replaced by python3.5.

1.2 A first example

Let us consider this simple test file:

@Requires {"tfel::madnex","mfront::python"};
@Command "@python@";
@Command "mfront-query --author --material=A316LN --behaviour=Plasticity_SRMA2022 Plasticity.madnex"{
  expected_output : "John Mac Enroe"

The first line, which begins with the @Requires keywords, provides a list of required components. In this case, the components tfel::madnex and mfront::python are required to execute the tests described in this file. The tests are skipped if those requirements are not met. The definition of components can be done in a configuration file, as detailed in Section 3. The components defined by defaults by tfel-check is described in Section 4.

The second line specifies the first command to be run and begins with the @Command keyword. It is followed by the command to be launched. The @python@ syntax designates that a substitution string must be provided to precise the python interpreter to be used.

The third line specifies a second command which launches mfront-query and a first test which compares the command line output to an expected one.

This file can can be launched as follows:

$ tfel-check --@python@=python3.5 madnex.check
entering directory '/tmp/madnex'
* beginning of test './madnex.check'
** Exec-1 python3.5                                      [SUCCESS]
** Exec-2 python3.5                       [SUCCESS]
** Exec-3 mfront-query --author --material=A316LN --behaviour=Plast... [SUCCESS]
* end of test './madnex.check'                                         [SUCCESS]

This command produces several files:

If the requirements are not met, the executation and the tests are marked as skipped:

$ tfel-check
entering directory '/tmp/madnex'
* beginning of test './madnex.check'
** Exec-1 @python@                                       [SKIPPED]
** Exec-2 @python@                        [SKIPPED]
** Exec-3 mfront-query --author --material=A316LN --behaviour=Plast... [SKIPPED]
* end of test './madnex.check'                                         [SUCCESS]

If the execution of a command fails, this is reported as follows:

$ tfel-check --@python@=python2.7
entering directory '/tmp/madnex'
* beginning of test './madnex.check'
** Exec-1 toto                                           [ FAILED]
** Exec-2 toto                            [ FAILED]
** Exec-3 mfront-query --author --material=A316LN --behaviour=Plast... [ FAILED]
* end of test './madnex.check'                                         [ FAILED]

1.3 A more complex example

For this second example, let us consider a tensile test simulated using the Cast3M finite element solver. The test case uses an MFront file to define the behaviour and generates a text file called ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticityUniaxialTesting-castem.res containing the evolution of the stress along the tensile axis as a function of time.

The ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticity.check file has the following content:

@Requires {"Cast3M", "mfront::behaviour::castem_interface"};
@Command "mfront --obuild --interface=castem ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticity.mfront";
@Command "@castem@ ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticityUniaxialTesting.dgibi";

@Precision 100; // criterion for the check, here a difference of 100Pa is allowed
@Test "ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticityUniaxialTesting-castem.res"
      "ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticityUniaxialTesting-castem.ref" 2;

The first line specifies that the Cast3M component must be available and that the support of the Cast3M interface is available in MFront. The second line compiles the behaviour.

The third one launches the Cast3M simulation. This line assumes that a substitution string for the @castem@ pattern has been defined.

The fifth line specify an absolute criterion to compare the current results to the reference ones. The last line defines the test to be performed: the values of the second column of the two specified files are compared using an absolute criteria.

To trigger those tests, the following config file, called castem.config can be used:

components : {"Cast3M"};
substitutions : {"castem": "castem2019_PLEIADES"};

The tests are run as follows:

$ tfel-check --config=castem.config
entering directory '/tmp/tfel-check'
* beginning of test './ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticity.check'
** Exec-1 mfront --obuild --interface=castem ImplicitSimoMieheElast... [SUCCESS]
** Exec-2 castem2019_PLEIADES ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticityUnia... [SUCCESS]
** Compare-1 'ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticityUniaxialTesting-cast... [SUCCESS]
* end of test './ImplicitSimoMieheElastoPlasticity.check'              [SUCCESS]

2 Description of the input files

2.1 List of available keywords

2.1.1 The @Requires keyword

The @Requires keyword specifies the components that are required to run the tests described in the considered input file.

2.1.2 The @Environment keyword

The @Environment keyword specifies a set of environment variables that will be defined accessible to the commands.

2.1.3 The @Command keyword

The @Command keyword specifies a command to be launched.

This keyword has the following options:

2.1.4 The @Precision keyword

The @Precision keyword specifies the comparison criterion used to compare the current values and the reference ones.

@Precision 1.e-6;

2.1.5 The @Test keyword

The @Test keyword specifies two files to compare which represents respectively the current simulated values and the reference ones.

2.1.6 The @TestType keyword

The @TestType keyword specifies how the comparison between the simulated values and the reference values shall be performed.

The following kind of comparison are available:

2.1.7 The @Interpolation keyword

The @Interpolation keyword specifies how the reference values can be interpolated. The following interpolations are available:

3 Description of the configuration files

Configuration files can be used to define:

The syntax of configuration file is loosely inspired by the JSON format and looks like:

components : {"pleiades::python"};
substitutions : {"python" : "python3.5"};

4 Default components

Some components are conditionally defined by tfel-check.

For each MFront’ interface for material properties, a component called mfront::material_property::<name>_interface is defined, where <name> shall be replaced by the name of the interface.

For each behaviour interface, a component named mfront::behaviour::<name>_interface is declared, where <name> is the name of the interface.

For each model interface, a component named mfront::model::<name>_interface is declared, where <name> is the name of the interface.

Those default components can be listed using the --list-default-components command line options, as follows:

$ tfel-check --list-default-components
- tfel::python
- mfront::python
- tfel::madnex
- mfront::material_property::C++_interface
- mfront::material_property::Cpp_interface
- mfront::material_property::Cxx_interface
- mfront::material_property::Python_interface
- mfront::material_property::c_interface
- mfront::material_property::c++_interface
- mfront::material_property::cpp_interface
- mfront::material_property::cpptest_interface
- mfront::material_property::cxx_interface
- mfront::material_property::excel_interface
- mfront::material_property::excel-internal_interface
- mfront::material_property::gnuplot_interface
- mfront::material_property::mfront_interface
- mfront::material_property::octave_interface
- mfront::material_property::python_interface
- mfront::behaviour::generic_interface
- mfront::model::mfront_interface

5 Automatic declaration of substitutions for TFEL executables and python interpreter

The following substitutions are automatically declared: @mfront@, @mfront-query@, @mtest@, @mfront-doc@, @mfm-test-generator@.

In python bindings are enabled, the @python substitution is also automatically declared.

Those substitutions are declared after reading the configuration files and after parsing the command line arguments, so those default substitutions can be overriden by the user.