Phoronix Test Suite Released
Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 2 April 2008. Page 4 of 5. 64 Comments

GUI & Results Viewer

In our original announcement of the Phoronix Test Suite we had showed two screenshots of the running GUI prototype at the time, however, that is disabled with the 0.1 release. A full-featured graphical user interface will be out in a few weeks with Phoronix Test Suite 0.2 or 0.3. The command-line interface to the Phoronix Test Suite 0.1 is quite simple as you can see from the screenshots and text in this article, which make it very easy to use and will work well when running in a batch mode. The Phoronix Test Suite interface will be written in GTK and use the PHP-GTK module.

After you have completed your benchmark, it will ask if you want to view your results in your web browser and will show the file name the results are saved as. The Phoronix Test Suite Results Viewer is also licensed under the GPLv3 and is made up of XML+XSL with CSS and JavaScript. The graphics are currently generated through the Phoronix Test Suite server, but in a forthcoming release it will be auto-detected whether the GD library is installed on the local system so that the graphs can be generated locally. This graphing utility (pts-grapher) is another piece of Phoronix software and its GPLv3 copy can be found in our Phorogit repository (the public Phoronix git repository) if you wish to adapt these graphing capabilities for other uses.

Once you have completed any tests, you can upload the results to PTS Global using ./phoronix-test-suite upload <Saved File Name OR direct file path>. When saving your results, if you entered a name as "Hello Benchmarking World", the filename will be hellobenchmarkingworld. Alternatively, you could enter ./phoronix-test-suite upload test-results/hellobenchmarkingworld.xml. It normally takes just a few seconds for the Phoronix Test Suite to upload your results and immediately the link will be printed to the screen.

If when browsing the Global Database you find a comparison you want to perform, just run ./phoronix-test-suite benchmark <Global ID>. For example, this public entry has a Nexuiz 2.4 test at 1680 x 1050 with HDR on a notebook with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M. If you want to see how your notebook compares, just run ./phoronix-test-suite benchmark michael-22133-25069-4324 and wait for the results. It's as easy as that! After that, you can still upload your results too. While results from the Phoronix Test Suite going back to version 0.0.2 can be found in the global database, this remote-comparison feature will only work if the profile you are testing against was generated with PTS 0.0.6 or newer.

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