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See also: AS 7 Testsuite Test Developer Guide

Target Audience: Those interested in running the testsuite or a subset thereof, with various configuration options.

Running the testsuite

The tests can be run using:

  • or build.bat, as a part of AS 7 build.
    • By default, only smoke tests are run. To run all tests, run install -DallTests.
  • or integration-tests.bat, a convenience script which uses bundled Maven (currently 3.0.3), and runs all parent testsuite modules (which configure the AS server).
  • pure maven run, using mvn install.

The scripts are wrappers around Maven-based build. Their arguments are passed to Maven (with few exceptions described below). This means you can use:

  • (defaults to install)
  • install
  • clean install
  • install
  • ...etc.

Supported Maven phases

Testsuite actions are bounds to various Maven phases up to verify. Running the build with earlier phases may fail in the submodules due to missed configuration steps. Therefore, the only Maven phases you may safely run, are:

  • clean
  • install
  • site

The test phase is not recommended to be used for scripted jobs as we are planning to switch to the failsafe plugin bound to the integration-test and verify phases. See AS7-2985 and AS7-4065.

Testsuite structure


Test groups

To define groups of tests to be run, these properties are available:

  • -DallTests         - Runs all subgroups.
  • -DallInteg         - Runs all integration tests. Same as cd testsuite/integration; mvn clean install -DallTests
  • -Dts.integ         - Basic integration + clustering tests.
  • -Dts.cluster     - Clustering tests.
  • -Dts.iiop           - IIOP tests.
  • -Dts.multinode   - Tests with many nodes.
  • -Dts.bench         - Benchmark tests.
  • -Dts.stress      - Stress tests.
  • -Dts.domain      - Domain mode tests.
  • -Dts.compat      - Compatibility tests.


  • -Dts.noSmoke      - Supresses default execution of smoke tests, in case you want to run only one group, e.g. -Dts.iiop.
    • Note that this does not work with -DallTests and -DallInteg

Test tags - JUnit's @Category

For tests regarding some cross-cutting concerns (like security, management) which span multiple packages or even modules, @Category can be used to "tag" the test.

When running the testsuite, an expression can be given to limit execution to tests which match, using -Dgroups= and -DexcludedGroups= :


  • [install]                          -- Runs smoke tests.
  • clean install                      -- Cleans the target directory, then runs smoke tests.
  • install -Dts.smoke                 -- Same as above.
  • install -DallTests                 -- Runs all testsuite tests.
  • install -Dts.stress                -- Runs smoke tests and stress tests.
  • install -Dts.stress -Dts.noSmoke   -- Runs stress tests only.

Pure maven - if you prefer not to use scripts, you may achieve the same result with:

  • mvn ... -rf testsuite

The -rf ... parameter stands for "resume from" and causes Maven to run the specified module and all successive.

It's possible to run only a single module (provided the ancestor modules were already run to create the AS copies) :

  • mvn ... -pl testsuite/integration/cluster

The -pl ... parameter stands for "project list" and causes Maven to run the specified module only.

Output to console

Trace logging

-Dtrace=<logger-group1>,<logger-group2>,... to enable trace logging for given packages. Example:,org.hibernate

Other options

-DnoWebProfile - Run all tests with the full profile (standalone-full.xml). By default, most tests are run under web profile (standalone.xml).

-Dts.skipTests - Skip testsuite's tests. Defaults to the value of -DskipTests, which defaults to false. To build AS, skip unit tests and run testsuite, use -DskipTests -Dts.skipTests=false.


Surefire execution timeout

Unfortunatelly, no math can be done in Maven, so instead of applying a timeout ratio, you need to specify timeout manually for Surefire.

In-test timeout ratios

Ratio in prercent - 100 = default, 200 = two times longer timeouts for given category.

Currently we have five different ratios. Later, it could be replaced with just one generic, one for database and one for deployment operations.

Running a single test (or specified tests)

Single test is run using -Dtest=... . Examples:

  • ./ install -Dtest='*Clustered*' -Dintegration.module -Dts.clust
  • ./ clean install* -Dintegration.module -Dts.basic
  • cd testsuite; mvn install -Dtest='*Clustered
    *' -Dts.basic  # No need for -Dintegration.module - integration module is active by default.

The same shortcuts listed in "Test groups" may be used to activate the module and group profile.

Note that -Dtest= overrides <includes> and <exludes> defined in pom.xml, so do not rely on them when using wildcards - all compiled test classes matching the wildcard will be run.

Which Surefire execution is used?

Due to Surefire's design flaw, tests run multiple times if there are multiple surefire executions.
To prevent this, if -Dtest=... is specified, non-default executions are disabled, and standalone-full is used for all tests.
If you need it other way, you can overcome that need:

  • basic-integration-web.surefire with standalone.xml - Configure standalone.xml to be used as server config.
  • basic-integration-non-web.surefire                 - For tests included here, technically nothing changes.
  • basic-integration-2nd.surefire                     - Simply run the second test in another invocation of Maven.

Running against existing AS copy (not the one from build/target/jboss-as-*)

-Djboss.dist=<path/to/jboss-as> will tell the testsuite to copy that AS into submodules to run the tests against.

For example, you might want to run the testsuite against AS located in /opt/jboss-as7 :

The difference between jboss.dist and jboss.home:

jboss.dist is the location of the tested binaries. It gets copied to testsuite submodules.

jboss.home is internally used and points to those copied AS instances (for multinode tests, may be even different for each AS started by Arquillian).

Running against a running JBoss AS instance

Arquillian's JBoss AS 7 container allows specifying allowConnectingToRunningServer in arquillian.xml, which makes it check whether AS is listening at managementAddress:managementPort, and if so, it uses that server instead of launching a new one, and doesn't shut it down at the end.

All arquillian.xml's in the testsuite specify this parameter. Thus, if you have a server already running, it will be re-used.

Running against JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 6.0

To run the testsuite against AS included JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.x (EAP), special steps are needed.

Assuming you already have the sources available, and the distributed EAP maven repository unzipped in e.g. /opt/jboss/eap6-maven-repo/ :

1) Configure maven in settings.xml to use only the EAP repository. This repo contains all artifacts necessary for building EAP, including maven plugins.
The build (unlike running testsuite) may be done offline.
The recommended way of configuring is to use special settings.xml, not your local one (typically in .m2/settings.xml).

2) Build EAP. You won't use the resulting EAP build, though. The purpose is to get the artifacts which the testsuite depends on.

       The clean phase will delete EAP BOM from local repository, to prevent using obsolete BOM. See JBPAPP-10200.

3) Run the testsuite. Assuming that EAP is located in /opt/eap6, you would run:

-Dpublic-repos has two effects:   (See also JBPAPP-10020)

  • Enables the testsuite profile in pom.xml which adds testsuite-related modules (arquillian, testsuite-shared, testsuite).
  • Enables a profile in settings.xml which enables public repositories.

For further information on building EAP and running the testsuite against it, see the official EAP documentation (link to be added).

How-to for EAP QA can be found here (Red Hat internal only).

Running with a debugger

What will start with debugger
Default port
Port change arg.
AS instances run by Arquillian
alias for -Ddebug
Test JVMs (currently Surefire) 5050


JBoss AS is started by Arquillian, when the first test which requires given instance is run. Unless you pass -DtestLogToFile=false, there's (currently) no challenge text in the console; it will look like the first test is stuck. This is being solved in
Depending on which test group(s) you run, multiple AS instances may be started. In that case, you need to attach the debugger multiple times.

Running tests with custom database

To run with different database, specify the -Dds and use these properties (with the following defaults):

driver is JDBC driver class. JDBC url, user and pass is as expected.

driver.version is used for automated JDBC driver downloading. Users can set up internal Maven repository hosting JDBC drivers, with artifacts with

GAV = jdbcdrivers:${ds.db}:${ds.jdbc.driver.version}

Internally, JBoss has such repo at .

The ds.db value is set depending on ds. E.g. -Dds=mssql2005 sets ds.db=mssql (since they have the same driver). -Dds.db may be overriden to use different driver.

In case you don't want to use such driver, set just -Dds.db= (empty) and provide the driver to the AS manually.
Not supported; work in progress on parameter to provide JDBC Driver jar.

Default values

For AS 7 continuous integration, there are some predefined values for some of databases, which can be set using:

Where database-identifier is one of:  h2, mysql51

Running tests with IPv6

-Dipv6 - Runs AS with

and the following defaults, that can be overridden by respective parameter:

IPv4  default
IPv6 default
Single-node tests.
-Dnode1 ::1
Two-node tests (e.g. cluster) use this for the 2nd node.
-Dmcast ff01::1 ff01::1 is IPv6 Node-Local scope mcast addr.
(used for both JGroups and mod_cluster but with different ports)

Values are set in AS configuration XML, replaced in resources (like ejb-jar.xml) and used in tests.

Running tests with security manager / custom security policy

-Dsecurity.manager - Run with default policy.

-Dsecurity.policy=<path>  - Run with the given policy.

-Dsecurity.manager.other=<set of Java properties>  - Run with the given properties. Whole set is included in all server startup parameters.


Notice the \" quotes delimiting the whole -Dsecurity.manager.other property.

Creating test reports

Test reports are created in the form known from EAP 5. To create them, simply run the testsuite, which will create Surefire XML files.

Creation of the reports is bound to the site Maven phase, so it must be run separatedly afterwards. Use one of these:

Note that it will take all test results under testsuite/integration/ - the pattern is **/*TestCase.xml, without need to specify -DallTests.

Creating coverage reports

Jira: AS7-2022.

Coverage reports are created by JaCoCo.

During the integration tests, Arquillian is passed a JVM argument which makes it run with JaCoCo agent, which records the executions into ${basedir}/target/jacoco .

In the site phase, a HTML, XML and CSV reports are generated. That is done using jacoco:report Ant task in maven-ant-plugin since JaCoCo's maven report goal doesn't support getting classes outside target/classes.



Cleaning the project

To have most stable build process, it should start with:

  • clean target directories
  • only central Maven repo configured
  • clean local repository or at least:
    • free of artefacts to be built
    • free of dependencies to be used (especially snapshots)

To use , you may use these commands:

In case the build happens in a shared environment (e.g. network disk), it's recommended to use local repository:


See also .

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