Robert Haas <> writes:
> On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM, Tom Lane <> wrote:
>> Another possibility is to remove the Makefile's knowledge of how to run
>> the tests, and change chkselinuxenv into something that both verifies
>> the environment and then launches the tests.

> That's not a bad fix, either.

> I have my doubts about the theory that we'll ever be able to make
> these regression tests work without some kind of support within the
> system security policy.  The whole point of MAC, for better or for
> worse, is to make every decision to allow access made anywhere in the
> system subject to veto by the system security policy.  I'd certainly
> be happy to find out that there's a way to make it work the way you're
> hoping, but I'm not expecting it.  Now maybe you'll say that we should
> then remove the regression tests altogether, but I don't think that
> having no regression tests is better than having regression tests that
> are a pain-in-the-tail to run and most people won't.

The main point I'm on about here is that "make check" must not require
root privileges.  That is absolutely not negotiable (even if it were
sane from a security standpoint, which is ridiculous anyway).  I don't
think "make installcheck" should require root either, although there
might possibly be a little more wiggle room there.  If it's infeasible
to test sepgsql usefully without root involvement, then it can't be
tested within the existing regression test framework.  So maybe just
pushing the issue out to a separate shell script that you can choose
to invoke by hand is a reasonable compromise.

I think it should be possible to still use all the existing testing
infrastructure if the check/test script does something like
        make REGRESS="label dml misc" check

BTW, I think this line of argument also casts serious doubt on whether
REGRESS_PREP is a useful concept at all.  I'm more than half tempted to
revert the patches that added that to the regression test
infrastructure.  Do we still need the --launcher option, either?

                        regards, tom lane

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