49.0 The Physician

The Avocado team is proud to present another release: Avocado version 49.0, aka, “The Physician” now available!

Release documentation: Avocado 49.0

The major changes introduced on this version are listed below, roughly categorized into major topics and intended audience:

Users/Test Writers

  • A brand new ResultsDB plugin. This allows Avocado jobs to send results directly to any ResultsDB server.

  • Avocado’s data_dir is now set by default to /var/lib/avocado/data instead of /usr/share/avocado/data. This was a problem because /usr must support read only mounts, and is not intended for that purpose at all.

  • When users run avocado list --loaders ? they used to receive a single list containing loader plugins and test types, all mixed together. Now users will get one loader listed per line, along with the test types that each loader supports.

  • Variant-IDs created by the multiplexer are now much more meaningful. Previously, the Variant-ID would be a simple sequential integer, it now combines information about the leaf names in the multiplexer tree and a 4 digit fingerprint. As a quick example, users will now get sleeptest.py:SleepTest.test;short-beaf instead of sleeptest.py:SleepTest.test;1 as test IDs when using the multiplexer.

  • The multiplexer now supports the use filters defined inside the YAML files, and greatly expand its filtering capabilities.

  • [BUGFIX] Instrumented tests support docstring directives, but only one of the supported directives (either enable/disable or tags) at once. It’s now possible to use both in a single docstring.

  • [BUGFIX] Some result plugins would generate some output even when the job did not contain a valid test suite.

  • [BUGFIX] Avocado would crash when listing tests with the file loader disabled. MissingTests used to be initialized by the file loader, but are now registered as a part of the loader proxy (similar to a plugin manager) so this is not an issue anymore.


  • The packages on Avocado’s own RPM repository are now a lot more similar to the ones in the Fedora and EPEL repositories. This will make future maintenance easier, and also allows users to switch between versions with greater ease.

For more information, please check out the complete Avocado changelog.

Release Meeting

The Avocado release meetings are now open to the community via Hangouts on Air. The meetings are recorded and made available on the Avocado Test Framework YouTube channel.

For this release, you can watch the meeting on this link.