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Published: Apr 30, 2018 License: Apache-2.0 Imports: 9 Imported by: 0


Crossdock-based Integration Test Suite

This package implements integration test suite for testing interoperability between different Jaeger client libraries.


There are five actors participating in any given test case, the crossdock driver itself, a Client, and three Servers, S1-S3.


The crossdock driver reads axis and test definitions from the YAML file, generates permutations based on values listed for each axis, and makes an HTTP request to the Client, passing it the selected value for each axis.


Client runs as part of the jaeger-client/go image and orchestrates the actual test case with the servers S1-S3. The incoming request from the driver is expected to have parameters defined in client/constants.go, which specify

  1. The type of test to execute (only trace is currently supported)
  2. Whether the trace should be sampled or not
  3. For each of the servers S1-S3:
    • the name of the server (same as docker image name, same as host name)
    • the transport to send request to that server (only http supported)
    • the type of client to use (e.g. in Python, urllib2 vs. requests)

The Client translates the parameters into a "call tree" instruction set, and calls S1, which in turn calls S2 with the sub-set of instructions, and so on. Upon receiving the response from S1, the Client validates the response against the conditions of the test, and returns a summary result to the crossdock driver, indicating a success of a failure of the test. For the trace test type, the success conditions are that at all levels the observed tracing spans have the same trace ID, the same sampling flag equal to the input sampled parameter, and the same value of a baggage item. The baggage item value is randomly selected by the client at the start of each test.


Servers represent examples of business services with Jaeger tracing enabled. Servers must be implemented for each supported language, and potentially multiple times for a given language depending on the framework used to build the service, such as Flask vs. Tornado in Python. Each implementation of the server may act as any of the S1-S3 servers in the test. Each server must implement the TracedService interface from thrift/tracetest.thrift:

service TracedService {
    TraceResponse startTrace(1: StartTraceRequest request)
    TraceResponse joinTrace(1: JoinTraceRequest request)
  • In startTrace the server is supposed to ignore any trace it may have received via inbound request and start a brand new trace, with the sampling flag set appropriately, using sampling.priority tag, see Go server implementation for example.
  • In joinTrace the server is supposed to respect the trace in the inbound request and propagate it to the outbound downstream request.

The response from the server contains the information about the current tracing span it has observed (or started), including trace ID, sampling flag, and the value of a baggage item. For S1 and S2 the response also includes the response of the downstream server.

Running the tests

The intended setup is that every commit to master branch of each of the client libraries results in a build of a new docker image (or images, e.g. in Python). When a new pull request is tested against one of the libraries, it will build a new image from the modified version of the library, and use the existing images for the other languages. The docker-compose.yaml file refers to those images by name.


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