If a bug is defined as “an incorrect value in a storage location” then there is a large subset (perhaps 30%) which can be defined as “an undefined value in a storage location”, and many of the remainder may cause that condition as a knock-on effect.
The Dynamic Analysis option of plusFORT is a tool for diagnosing these errors at run-time. A test version of your program is created, which detects any use of an undefined variable or array element, and logs it to a file. In other respects, the test program behaves exactly like the original. This is done by inserting calls to probe routines in the source code before any operation which depends on the value of a data item. The program is compiled and linked in the normal way, and the executable code appears to the user to operate in exactly the same way as the original. However, if a probe detects an undefined data item, it writes details to a log-file for later analysis. Source code for the probe routines is supplied.
A static analyser such as GXCHK can detect a few of these errors, but the majority can only be detected at run-time. Dynamic analysis takes account of program control flow, works with real data, and can monitor individual bytes if required. However it only validates the code which is executed in a particular run. This makes it an almost precise complement of static analysis – each excels where the other is deficient.
|Feature||Static Analysis||Dynamic Analysis|
|Checks code whether or not it executes||Yes||No|
|Checks for unsafe/questionable source code||Yes||No|
|Identifies used before set error||Sometimes||Yes|
|Checks status of individual array elements||No||Yes|
|Handles dependence on external data||No||Yes|
|Effective with dummy args, EQUIVALENCE||poor||Yes|
Dynamic analysis excels at detecting bugs which depend on external data, or on the use of arrays. These characteristics defeat conventional analysers.
SUBROUTINE QKNUM(Ival,Pos) INTEGER Ival , Pos , vals(50) , ios READ(11,*,IOSTAT=ios) vals IF ( ios.EQ.0 ) THEN DO Pos = 1 , 50 IF ( Ival.EQ.vals(Pos) ) GOTO 100 ENDDO ENDIF Pos = 0 100 END
QKNUM reads 50 numbers, and returns the position (Pos) of the first with value Ival.
If the data file contains “2,9,,11,20*44,26*“, the READ statement leaves some elements of vals undefined, and QKNUM behaves unpredictably.
SUBROUTINE QKNUM(Ival,Pos) INTEGER Ival , Pos , vals(50) , ios CALL SB$ENT('QKNUM','DYNBEF.FOR') <-- initialize traceback and timing CALL UD$I4(IOS) <-- set variable IOS to undefined CALL UD$AI4(50,VALS) <-- set array VALS to undefined READ (11,*,IOSTAT=ios) vals CALL QD$I4('IOS',IOS,4) IF ( ios.EQ.0 ) THEN DO Pos = 1 , 50 CALL QD$I4('VALS(POS)',VALS(POS),6) <-- check that VALS(IPOS) is defined before use CALL QD$I4('IVAL',IVAL,6) <-- check that IVAL is defined before use IF ( Ival.EQ.vals(Pos) ) GOTO 99999 ENDDO ENDIF Pos = 0 99999 CALL SB$EXI <-- for traceback and timing data END
XTOP2(I+J) value is undefined subprogram FCOMP line 838 file JASO.FOR subprogram VSCAN line 4255 file JASO.FOR subprogram VUTREE line 1049 file JASO.FOR ICHR value is undefined subprogram VSTOP line 6682 file JASO.FOR subprogram JASO line 2241 file JASO.FOR
A reasonable goal for a software test suite is to ensure that every line of source code is executed at least once. The plusFORT coverage analysis facility allows users to monitor progress against this goal, as well as identifying “hot-spots” – the sections of code which are executed most frequently, and which have most effect on program execution time.
The plusFORT coverage analysis facility places probes into Fortran source code which allow users to monitor the effectiveness of testing. At the end of each run, the probes update the coverage statistics for each source file. This data may be analysed at any time using the CVRANAL tool. CVRANAL identifies untested code blocks, and execution hot-spots.
In addition, CVRANAL can annotate your source code as shown below. The annotations are comments and do not affect the validity of the source code.
4 Untested code blocks in subprogram MOO in file TESTMOO.BEF at lines 27 32 33 62 NO Untested code blocks in subprogram BC in file TESTMOO.BEF NO Untested code blocks in subprogram GETNUM in file TESTMOO.BEF NO Untested code blocks in subprogram INIT in file TESTMOO.BEF
49682 : IF(IGUESS(IDIG).NE.IANS(JDIG))GOTO 10 : in s/prog BC at line 82 of TESTMOO.BEF 16336 : IF(IGUESS(IDIG).EQ.IANS(IDIG))GOTO 40 : in s/prog BC at line 80 of TESTMOO.BEF 14399 : DO 10 JDIG=1,NDIGIT : in s/prog BC at line 81 of TESTMOO.BEF 11283 : 10 IF(J.EQ.NUM(JDIG))GOTO 20 : in s/prog GETNUM at line 104 of TESTMOO.BEF 9039 : GOTO 20 : in s/prog BC at line 86 of TESTMOO.BEF
SUBROUTINE BC(IGUESS,IANS,NBULLS,NCOWS) PARAMETER (NDIGIT=4,MINDIG=1,MAXDIG=9) DIMENSION IGUESS(NDIGIT),IANS(NDIGIT) NBULLS=0 ! 4084 NCOWS=0 DO 20 IDIG=1,NDIGIT IF(IGUESS(IDIG).EQ.IANS(IDIG))GOTO 40 ! 16336 DO 10 JDIG=1,NDIGIT ! 14399 IF(IGUESS(IDIG).NE.IANS(JDIG))GOTO 10 ! 49682 NCOWS=NCOWS+1 ! 5360 GOTO 20 10 CONTINUE GOTO 20 ! 9039 40 NBULLS=NBULLS+1 ! 1937 20 CONTINUE RETURN ! 4084 END