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       geninfo - Generate tracefiles from .da files

       geninfo [-h|--help] [-v|--version] [-q|--quiet]
               [-i|--initial] [-t|--test-name test-name]
               [-o|--output-filename filename] [-f|--follow]
               [-b|--base-directory directory]
               [--checksum] [--no-checksum]
               [--compat-libtool] [--no-compat-libtool]
               [--gcov-tool tool] [--ignore-errors errors]
               [--no-recursion] directory

       geninfo converts all GCOV coverage data files found in directory into
       tracefiles, which the genhtml tool can convert to HTML output.

       Unless the --output-filename option is specified, geninfo writes its
       output to one file per .da file, the name of which is generated by
       simply appending ".info" to the respective .da file name.

       Note that the current user needs write access to both directory as well
       as to the original source code location. This is necessary because some
       temporary files have to be created there during the conversion process.

       Note also that geninfo is called from within lcov, so that there is
       usually no need to call it directly.

       Exclusion markers

       To exclude specific lines of code from a tracefile, you can add
       exclusion markers to the source code. Exclusion markers are keywords
       which can for example be added in the form of a comment.

       The following markers are recognized by geninfo:

              Lines containing this marker will be excluded.
              Marks the beginning of an excluded section. The current line is
              part of this section.
              Marks the end of an excluded section. The current line not part
              of this section.

       -b directory
       --base-directory directory
              Use directory as base directory for relative paths.

              Use this option to specify the base directory of a
              build-environment when geninfo produces error messages like:

                     ERROR: could not read source file

              In this example, use /home/user/project as base directory.

              This option is required when using geninfo on projects built
              with libtool or similar build environments that work with a base
              directory, i.e. environments, where the current working
              directory when invoking the compiler is not the same directory
              in which the source code file is located.

              Note that this option will not work in environments where
              multiple base directories are used. In that case repeat the
              geninfo call for each base directory while using the
              --ignore-errors option to prevent geninfo from exiting when the
              first source code file could not be found. This way you can get
              partial coverage information for each base directory which can
              then be combined using the -a option.

              Specify whether to generate checksum data when writing

              Use --checksum to enable checksum generation or --no-checksum to
              disable it. Checksum generation is disabled by default.

              When checksum generation is enabled, a checksum will be
              generated for each source code line and stored along with the
              coverage data. This checksum will be used to prevent attempts to
              combine coverage data from different source code versions.

              If you don't work with different source code versions, disable
              this option to speed up coverage data processing and to reduce
              the size of tracefiles.

              Specify whether to enable libtool compatibility mode.

              Use --compat-libtool to enable libtool compatibility mode or
              --no-compat-libtool to disable it. The libtool compatibility
              mode is enabled by default.

              When libtool compatibility mode is enabled, geninfo will assume
              that the source code relating to a .da file located in a
              directory named ".libs" can be found in its parent directory.

              If you have directories named ".libs" in your build environment
              but don't use libtool, disable this option to prevent problems
              when capturing coverage data.

              Follow links when searching .da files.

       --gcov-tool tool
              Specify the location of the gcov tool.

              Print a short help text, then exit.

       --ignore-errors errors
              Specify a list of errors after which to continue processing.

              Use this option to specify a list of one or more classes of
              errors after which geninfo should continue processing instead of

              errors can be a comma-separated list of the following keywords:

              gcov: the gcov tool returned with a non-zero return code.

              source: the source code file for a data set could not be found.

              Capture initial zero coverage data.

              Run geninfo with this option on the directories containing .bb,
              .bbg or .gcno files before running any test case. The result is
              a "baseline" coverage data file that contains zero coverage for
              every instrumented line and function.  Combine this data file
              (using lcov -a) with coverage data files captured after a test
              run to ensure that the percentage of total lines covered is
              correct even when not all object code files were loaded during
              the test.

              Note: currently, the --initial option does not generate branch
              coverage information.

              Use this option if you want to get coverage data for the
              specified directory only without processing subdirectories.

       -o output-filename
       --output-filename output-filename
              Write all data to output-filename.

              If you want to have all data written to a single file (for
              easier handling), use this option to specify the respective
              filename. By default, one tracefile will be created for each
              processed .da file.

              Do not print progress messages.

              Suppresses all informational progress output. When this switch
              is enabled, only error or warning messages are printed.

       -t testname
       --test-name testname
              Use test case name testname for resulting data. Valid test case
              names can consist of letters, decimal digits and the underscore
              character ('_').

              This proves useful when data from several test cases is merged
              (i.e. by simply concatenating the respective tracefiles) in
              which case a test name can be used to differentiate between data
              from each test case.

              Print version number, then exit.

              The system-wide configuration file.

              The per-user configuration file.

       Following is a quick description of the tracefile format as used by
       genhtml, geninfo and lcov.

       A tracefile is made up of several human-readable lines of text, divided
       into sections. If available, a tracefile begins with the testname which
       is stored in the following format:

         TN:<test name>

       For each source file referenced in the .da file, there is a section
       containing filename and coverage data:

         SF:<absolute path to the source file>

       Following is a list of line numbers for each function name found in the
       source file:

         FN:<line number of function start>,<function name>

       Next, there is a list of execution counts for each instrumented

         FNDA:<execution count>,<function name>

       This list is followed by two lines containing the number of functions
       found and hit:

         FNF:<number of functions found>
         FNH:<number of function hit>

       Branch coverage information is stored which one line per branch:

         BRDA:<line number>,<block number>,<branch number>,<taken>

       Block number and branch number are gcc internal IDs for the branch.
       Taken is either '-' if the basic block containing the branch was never
       executed or a number indicating how often that branch was taken.

       Branch coverage summaries are stored in two lines:

         BRF:<number of branches found>
         BRH:<number of branches hit>

       Then there is a list of execution counts for each instrumented line
       (i.e. a line which resulted in executable code):

         DA:<line number>,<execution count>[,<checksum>]

       Note that there may be an optional checksum present for each
       instrumented line. The current geninfo implementation uses an MD5 hash
       as checksumming algorithm.

       At the end of a section, there is a summary about how many lines were
       found and how many were actually instrumented:

         LH:<number of lines with a non-zero execution count>
         LF:<number of instrumented lines>

       Each sections ends with:


       In addition to the main source code file there are sections for all
       #included files which also contain executable code.

       Note that the absolute path of a source file is generated by
       interpreting the contents of the respective .bb file (see gcov (1) for
       more information on this file type). Relative filenames are prefixed
       with the directory in which the .bb file is found.

       Note also that symbolic links to the .bb file will be resolved so that
       the actual file path is used instead of the path to a link. This
       approach is necessary for the mechanism to work with the /proc/gcov

       Peter Oberparleiter <>

       lcov(1), genhtml(1), genpng(1), gendesc(1), gcov(1)

2010-08-06                         LCOV 1.9                         geninfo(1)