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Subject[PATCH v4 1/3] kunit: Provide a static key to check if KUnit is actively running tests
KUnit does a few expensive things when enabled. This hasn't been a
problem because KUnit was only enabled on test kernels, but with a few
people enabling (but not _using_) KUnit on production systems, we need a
runtime way of handling this.

Provide a 'kunit_running' static key (defaulting to false), which allows
us to hide any KUnit code behind a static branch. This should reduce the
performance impact (on other code) of having KUnit enabled to a single
NOP when no tests are running.

Note that, while it looks unintuitive, tests always run entirely within
__kunit_test_suites_init(), so it's safe to decrement the static key at
the end of this function, rather than in __kunit_test_suites_exit(),
which is only there to clean up results in debugfs.

Signed-off-by: David Gow <>
Reviewed-by: Daniel Latypov <>
This should be a no-op (other than a possible performance improvement)
functionality-wise, and lays the groundwork for a more optimised static
stub implementation.

The remaining patches in the series add a kunit_get_current_test()
function which is a more friendly and performant wrapper around
current->kunit_test, and use this in the slub test. They also improve
the documentation a bit.

If there are no objections, we'll take the whole series via the KUnit

Changes since v3:
- Use DECLARE_STATIC_KEY_FALSE() -- thanks Daniel!

No changes since v2:

Changes since v1:
- No changes in this patch.
- Patch 2/3 is reworked, patch 3/3 is new.

include/kunit/test.h | 4 ++++
lib/kunit/test.c | 6 ++++++
2 files changed, 10 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/kunit/test.h b/include/kunit/test.h
index 4666a4d199ea..87ea90576b50 100644
--- a/include/kunit/test.h
+++ b/include/kunit/test.h
@@ -16,6 +16,7 @@
#include <linux/container_of.h>
#include <linux/err.h>
#include <linux/init.h>
+#include <linux/jump_label.h>
#include <linux/kconfig.h>
#include <linux/kref.h>
#include <linux/list.h>
@@ -27,6 +28,9 @@

#include <asm/rwonce.h>

+/* Static key: true if any KUnit tests are currently running */
struct kunit;

/* Size of log associated with test. */
diff --git a/lib/kunit/test.c b/lib/kunit/test.c
index 1c9d8d962d67..87a5d795843b 100644
--- a/lib/kunit/test.c
+++ b/lib/kunit/test.c
@@ -20,6 +20,8 @@
#include "string-stream.h"
#include "try-catch-impl.h"

* Fail the current test and print an error message to the log.
@@ -615,10 +617,14 @@ int __kunit_test_suites_init(struct kunit_suite * const * const suites, int num_
return 0;

+ static_branch_inc(&kunit_running);
for (i = 0; i < num_suites; i++) {
+ static_branch_dec(&kunit_running);
return 0;
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