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Phoronix Test Suite 3.6-Arendal Released

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Published on 13 December 2011 09:43 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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Phoronix Test Suite 3.6-Arendal is now officially available as of this morning.

Version 3.6 of the Phoronix Test Suite is now available from Git and as packages at Phoronix-Test-Suite.com. All users of this open-source automated testing framework are encouraged to upgrade and it should be a seamless upgrade path from existing PTS3 installations. Updated documentation is here (PDF).

Among the features of Phoronix Test Suite 3.6-Arendal is enhanced support for BSD and Solaris operating systems, various graphing improvements in pts_Graph, expanded Phodevi (Phoronix Device Interface) library coverage, greater OpenBenchmarking.org integration, and various bug-fixes. The short change-log is embedded below and the press release will officially go out shortly.

Phoronix Test Suite 3.6-Arendal will be succeeded by Phoronix Test Suite 3.8-Bygland in the first quarter of 2012, which will end out the PTS3 series. A rollout of improvements to OpenBenchmarking.org is expected before the end of the calendar year.

Phoronix Test Suite 3.6 benchmarking platform is compatible with Linux, Solaris, BSD, Mac OS X, and Windows operating systems.

Questions and feedback are welcome in the forums or via email. Commercial support for the Phoronix Test Suite is available.

Phoronix Test Suite 3.6.0-Arendal
13 December 2011


- pts-core: Add "Possible Suggestions" to the invalid command output on install/run/benchmark commands based upon soundex
- pts-core: Add SKIP_EXTERNAL_DEPENDENCIES support as more versatile option to NO_EXTERNAL_DEPENDENCIES
- pts-core: Support for detecting PHP at /usr/pkg/libexec/cgi-bin/php
- pts-core: Support for ClearOS Core Server
- pts-core: Minor enhancements to DragonflyBSD 2.10 support
- pts-core: Fix for error crash on virtual suite execution when selecting all tests to run
- phodevi: CPU, disk, network detection improvements for FreeBSD/PC-BSD
- phodevi: Minor support enhancements to OpenBSD 5.0 amd64

Phoronix Test Suite 3.6 Milestone 4
8 December 2011


- pts-core: Clean-up some of the test run output in the concise display mode
- pts-core: When uploading a test profile to OpenBenchmarking.org, refresh the repository indexes afterwards
- pts-core: When uploading a test suite to OpenBenchmarking.org, refresh the repository indexes afterwards
- pts-core: Issue a notice when running an out-of-date version of a test profile
- pts-core: When cloning results from OpenBenchmarking.org, also fetch the system logs from OpenBenchmarking.org
- pts-core: Add openbenchmarking-changes command for seeing recently changed test profiles from OpenBenchmarking.org
- phodevi: Fix for latest Catalyst Linux driver reporting odd OpenGL version (GL_VERSION) string
- phodevi: Improve Debian non-Linux OS (kFreeBSD/Hurd) detection
- phodevi: Allow lspci information to be used on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD
- phodevi: Fallback for trying to read the Radeon DRM video memory from dmesg
- phodevi: Further fallbacks for DRM video RAM size detection
- phodevi: Add initial GPU voltage sensor
- phodevi: Ensure no available modes are repeated
- pts_Graph: If all result lines are flat (i.e. no change), just convert it to a bar graph

Phoronix Test Suite 3.6 Milestone 3
1 December 2011


- pts-core: On large result files, auto-remove redundant words present in all identifiers
- pts-core: When a command fails, allow helpful user information to be provided on a per-command basis
- pts-core: More efficient trimming of redundant spaces
- pts-core: Fix for identifiers being passed to graphs being corrupted when passing them multiple times
- phodevi: Fix Mesa OpenGL detection on Solaris 11 when the NVIDIA binary blob is installed but using Mesa
- phodevi: Don't report 'blkdev' on Solaris 11 as a disk drive
- phodevi: Change GPU caching to allow overclocked speeds to show without rebooting
- phodevi: Better support xf86-video-ati DDX driver detection in X Server fall-back mode
- system_monitor: Fix for running same test multiple times when system_moitor module is loaded
- pts_Graph: Improve key rendering

Phoronix Test Suite 3.6 Milestone 2
7 November 2011


- pts-core: When the PHP version in use changes, re-run the recommended/required PHP checks
- pts-core: Improve short SHA1 detection for results tracker
- pts-core: Report notice when no OpenBenchmarking.org repository index is present and fails to fetch
- pts-core: Improve Internet connectivity detection check
- pts-core: When reporting a command error, report the most appropriate command name string
- pts-core: Begin work on custom error handler for generated errors in code itself
- pts-core: Add initial support for internal pts-core warning/notice/error handler
- pts-core: Initialize the network support earlier in the client initialization process
- pts-core: When running a test and saving results, show recently saved test results
- phodevi: When QEMU virtualization is detected, try to report QEMU version to system layer
- phodevi: Support for reporting the XOP, FMA3, and FMA4 instruction sets
- phodevi: Begin merging is_genuine() support from Openbenchmarking.org into respective Phodevi components
- phodevi: Improve Catalyst OpenGL driver detection with soon-to-be-released versions
- phodevi: Improve GNOME version detection when using GNOME3 fall-back mode
- pts_Graph: Allow normalized numbers to appear in the result file table
- pts_Graph: When too many lines are being plotted, auto-convert to scalar
- bilde_renderer: Improve automated color selection/shifting

Phoronix Test Suite 3.6 Milestone 1
20 October 2011


- pts-core: Code clean-ups
- pts-core: Allow results to be rendered in reverse order
- pts-core: Add detailed-system-info command for reporting more system attributes
- pts-core: Fix regression of NO_EXTERNAL_DEPENDENCIES and NO_PHODEVI_CACHE not working
- pts-core: Add dump-openbenchmarking-indexes option for debugging
- pts-core: Fix for extract-from-result-file not correctly formatting the new saved results name
- phodevi: No longer report if CPU power savings (CnQ, EIST, etc) is active since it's now widespread across all desktop hardware
- phodevi: Improve detection of low RAM capacities (1GB)
- phodevi: Add support for detecting greater CPU features
- phodevi: Improve system memory detection on Solaris/Illumos operating systems
- phodevi: Improve disk device detection on Solaris/Illumos operating systems
- phodevi: Ensure no words in motherboard identifier string are repeated
- phodevi: Don't print lspci errors
- phodevi: Few string reporting tweaks found from AMD Bulldozer FX system
- phodevi: Virtualization detection support for Xen DomU guests
- phodevi: Detect VirtualBox version from guest VM
- phodevi: Expose a cpu.power sensor that provides monitoring of CPU power consumption (new feature to AMD 15h Bulldozer CPUs)
- phodevi: Convert CPU model strings like 'Intel Core i7 M 620' to 'Intel Core i7 620M' to better reflect Intel product marketing names
- phodevi: Basic ICC detection
- phodevi: Improvements to LLVM/Clang version detection and code revision reporting
- pts_Graph: Allow disconnected lines of results on line graphs
- pts_Graph: Plot entire lines of data on line graphs when there are no identifiers
- pts_Graph: Fix for the averages on line graphs not appearing
- toggle_screensaver: Support for toggling the GNOME3 AC display settings

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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