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Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 Alpha 3 Released

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Published on 14 October 2008 09:42 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 "Orkdal" Alpha 2 was released just a bit more than a week ago with support for benchmarking the Mac OS X operating system. Today though we've already prepared the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 Alpha 3. There are a number of improvements to the core testing component (pts-core) and nearly all of the test profiles have received updates that allow them to benefit from the latest features in Orkdal.

When it comes to pts-core there are a number of fixes, optimizations, and support for new XML test profile tags. The Phoronix Test Suite is now able to also recognize attached hard drives with the manufacturer/model. The SVG renderer for our graphs that was introduced in the previous alpha release has also received a few improvements.

The latest development and stable releases of the Phoronix Test Suite can be downloaded from Phoronix-Test-Suite.com. Below is the complete change-log for Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 "Orkdal" Alpha 3. Stop by the Phoronix Forums with your feedback.

Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 Alpha 3
October 14, 2008

- pts-core: Fix regression that broke compatibility to run phoronix-test-suite benchmark
- pts-core: Embed hidden information in the SVG graph files that identify the test, GlobalID, and user, to provide new end-user options in the future
- pts-core: Don't complain about test mismatch in merge function if using a Global ID
- pts-core: Prepatory work for SVG-driven test execution / identification
- pts-core: Add support for reading hard disk model number and true disk capacity
- pts-core: Fix CPU frequency detection for Intel Xeon LV processors and potentially other CPU families
- pts-core: If PTS micro-timer is less than three seconds, return zero as the test likely failed
- pts-core: Add RunMode tag to suite XML and if it's set to "PCQS", enable IS_PCQS_MODE
- pts-core: Add RequiresCoreVersion tag if the test profile is only compatible with select versions of the Phoronix Test Suite
- pts-core: Keep a running average how long it takes to run a given test. This is stored in the AverageRunTime tag within the pts-install.xml
- pts-core: Show average run-time with info command
- pts-core: Don't pass $test_results as an argument to parse-results.sh or parse-results.php with tests using $LOG_FILE
- pts-core: Change format of list-test-usage
- pts-core: When running list-suites, don't show suites that aren't supported at all by the installed software/hardware and indicate only partially supported suites
- pts-core: Add average run-time to list-test-usage
- pts-core: Restructure the end-user run-time variables code and add support for $HOSTNAME
- pts-core: Dump end-user run-time variables with diagnostics option
- pts: Move more test profiles to using $LOG_FILE for result information
- pts: Update openssl test profile to OpenSSL version 0.9.8i
- pts: Update encode-mp3 test profile to LAME version 3.98.2
- pts: Update sqlite test profile to SQLite version 3.6.3
- pts: Update ramspeed test profile to RAMspeed version 2.5.2
- pts: With gnupg test profile use a 2GB file to encrypt instead of 1GB
- pts: With compress-gzip test profile use a 2GB file to compress instead of 1GB
- pts: With compress-lzma test profile use a 2GB file to compress instead of 1GB
- pts: With compress-pbzip2 test profile use a 2GB file to compress instead of 1GB
- pts: Many test profile updates
- pts: Mandatory major version bump for most test profiles
- pts_Graph: Set viewbox in SVG renderer
- documentation: Update profile writing how-to with latest pts-core features
- system_monitor: Add support for using the SVG renderer in pts_Graph

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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