10. Testing resource agents

This section discusses automated testing for resource agents. Testing is a vital aspect of development; it is crucial both for creating new resource agents, and for modifying existing ones.

10.1. Testing with ocf-tester

The resource agents repository (and hence, any installed resource agents package) contains a utility named ocf-tester. This shell script allows you to conveniently and easily test the functionality of your resource agent.

ocf-tester is commonly invoked, as root, like this:

ocf-tester -n <name> [-o <param>=<value> ... ] <resource agent>
  • <name> is an arbitrary resource name.
  • You may set any number of <param>=<value> with the -o option, corresponding to any resource parameters you wish to set for testing.
  • <resource agent> is the full path to your resource agent.

When invoked, ocf-tester executes all mandatory actions and enforces action behavior as explained in Section 5, “Resource agent actions”.

It also tests for optional actions. Optional actions must behave as expected when advertised, but do not cause ocf-tester to flag an error if not implemented.


ocf-tester does not initiate "dry runs" of actions, nor does it create resource dummies of any kind. Instead, it exercises the actual resource agent as-is, whether that may include opening and closing databases, mounting file systems, starting or stopping virtual machines, etc. Use with care.

For example, you could run ocf-tester on the foobar resource agent as follows:

# ocf-tester -n foobartest \
             -o superfrobnicate=true \
             -o datadir=/tmp \
Beginning tests for /home/johndoe/ra-dev/foobar...
* Your agent does not support the notify action (optional)
* Your agent does not support the reload action (optional)
/home/johndoe/ra-dev/foobar passed all tests