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== Play a video from the command line (for debugging:) ==

The general scheme for starting the media player from the command line via upstart is:
  start application APP_ID=mediaplayer-app APP_URIS="file_name"

This can be used for other apps by changing the APP_ID.

Warning /!\ W.I.P. Warning /!\

Touch Test SWAT

Welcome to the testing page of the Touch Testing SWAT. These pages provide up to date information of current testing activities for Touch until the release of Saucy, check back frequently.

Test coordination

  • Mailing List - The quality mailing list is used to coordinate testing activities with all participants.

  • IRC - join the Ubuntu QA in #ubuntu-quality and and Ubuntu Touch #ubuntu-touch IRC channels on freenode.

Test process

This describes the daily process of testing. We will flash our devices, look for bugs, then look to write autopilot tests for any fixed bugs to prevent that bug from re-occurring.

Daily Image Testing

Install the current stable image

Flash your phone to the latest stable image (note: we want the "current" image of touch_ro). If you have not yet bootstrapped or unlocked your phone's bootloader, see the install page for more information.

  $ phablet-flash ubuntu-system

In order to wipe clean and start fresh with the latest current image:

  $ phablet-flash ubuntu-system --no-backup

To test with the proprosed image:

  $ phablet-flash ubuntu-system --no-backup --channel=devel-proposed

Perform a system update

Alternatively, once you are running the ubuntu image you may perform a system update from the device itself. To do this, select 'system-settings' application, then click update. Press the download button, and once the download is completed, the install button. Note, currently there is a lack of visual feedback while performing this process, see Bug 1227110

Visual Walkthrough of updating

Example of no updates found

Check to see what's changed

A list of changes between stable images can be found here. The list contains the list of changing packages.

Use these changes to drive exploratory testing below.


* Run through the list of new features and changed areas of the phone, paying specific attention to spot regressions and verify the features are working.

* Perform smoke testing on a specific packageset of the phone.

* File bugs against any issues encountered

* Remember this is exploratory testing, so try and break things!

Report Bugs

See the Reporting a Bug section below for details.

Add a testcase for reported bugs

Once testing is completed, review the list of reported bugs with the touch-needs-autopilot tag. Pick a testcase to automate using autopilot that tests the bug to ensure the same bug doesn't reappear. So we can track work happening on these bugs, follow this process while writing the test;

  1. Remove the touch-needs-autopilot tag from the original bug

  2. Open a new bug against the same project, tagged with qa-touch-automated

  3. Assign yourself to the bug and update progress as usual. When you release the test, close the bug with fix released.

Confirm an existing bug

Not finding any bugs yourself? Look at the Triaging link below and confirm bugs others have found.

Reporting a bug

All bugs filed should use the avengers tag. Omer has made available a tool to help with the process of filing a bug report. Please ensure you add the 'avengers' tag when filing. If you think the bug you are reporting is a good candidate for an automated test to prevent future regressions, you may also add touch-needs-autopilot to the bug.

What package should I file against?

File against the ubuntu source package for the failed component. See this page for a full broken out list of components.

Filing the Bug

Using Omer's tool

This is the recommended way to file bugs

Omer has created a tool to allow you to report a bug from your desktop, provided the phone is connected via usb cable. Download and save this file. Via the command line,

wget -O filephonebug
chmod +x filephonebug

To run, pass the package name as the only argument. The tool will connect and grab logs from your device, and open a new bug in your desktop browser to file the bug.

For example if the phone dialer is causing issues you would do the following:

  • Connect the phone via usb
  • Run the tool against the dialer-app package. Unsure of which package? Check this list

./filephonebug dialer-app
  • Apport will run and collect logs and ask you 2 questions. Answer 'S' to send the report, and then '1' to launch a browser to file the report. The output will look like this:

$ ./filephonebug dialer-app

*** Collecting problem information

The collected information can be sent to the developers to improve the
application. This might take a few minutes.
182 KB/s (14785 bytes in 0.078s)

*** Send problem report to the developers?

After the problem report has been sent, please fill out the form in the
automatically opened web browser.

What would you like to do? Your options are:
  S: Send report (14.1 KB)
  V: View report
  K: Keep report file for sending later or copying to somewhere else
  I: Cancel and ignore future crashes of this program version
  C: Cancel
Please choose (S/V/K/I/C): s

*** Uploading problem information

The collected information is being sent to the bug tracking system.
This might take a few minutes.


*** To continue, you must visit the following URL:

You can launch a browser now, or copy this URL into a browser on another computer.

  1: Launch a browser now
  C: Cancel
Please choose (1/C): 
  1: Launch a browser now
  C: Cancel
Please choose (1/C): 1
  • The browser will launch and display a ready to file bug report. Finish filling in the description of the issue. When filing, make sure you include the steps needed for others to reproduce the issue, and what the result was versus what you expected the result to be.

There is a crash file in /var/crash

If the bug is a crash and there is a crash file in /var/crash, you can report it with apport.

1. Connect to the device with adb

  $ adb shell

2. Check for any crash file in /var/crash

3. Report a bug with apport:

  $ apport-cli /var/crash/name_of_crash_file.crash

4. Follow the instructions

5. To the question "What would you like to do? Your options are:", answer "S: Send report"

6. Wait for the upload to proceed

7. Upon upload you'll be presented with a prompt like:

*** To continue, you must visit the following URL:<UUID>

You can launch a browser now, or copy this URL into a browser on another computer.

  1: Launch a browser now
  C: Cancel

8. Copy the URL to a browser running on your desktop/laptop, it is more convenient than running a browser on the phone to report bug and proceed with the bug reporting process in launchpad

9. Then follow the usual tagging plan and triaging process

There is no crash file

1. Connect to the device with adb

  $ adb shell

2. Find the right package (TODO: Document difference between preinstalled dpkg based packages and click package)

  $ ubuntu-bug maliit-framework

3. Wait until data collection is done.

4. At the question:

What would you like to do? Your options are:
  S: Send report (4.3 KB)
  V: View report

Press 'S' or 'K' if you want to copy the report to another machine (for example if networking is not enabled on the device).

3. If you're reporting from the device, on your local machine, click on the link or copy/paste it into your browser.


Once bugs have been filed they need to be confirmed, and ideally, have a defined scenario for recreating in order for developers to fix them. To help with triaging, simply read a bug report from the list below and try it on the latest build for your device. If you can recreate it, mark the bug status as confirmed.

Needs work

Completed work

List of all reported Bugs


Tags are used to keep handy lists of the work being done. It lets us see the status of bugs and testcase automation.

What does each tag mean?




Used for filing bugs found during exploratory testing of ubuntu touch images


Used to tag bugs that are candidates for automation to prevent recurrence once fixed


Used to tag bugs that are being automated with autopilot

Tips and Tricks

Here are some helpful hints that will come in handy while testing; feel free to add more!

Switch from RO to RW

  • Switch from RO to RW (to install additional packages for example):
    • Remount RW

    $ adb shell
    $ mount -o remount,rw /
  • or touch writable_image

    $ adb shell touch /userdata/.writable_image
    $ adb reboot

Take a screenshot

This is helpful for bug reporting. Note this WILL NOT work if you are running Mir.

   $ adb shell /system/bin/screencap /data/screenshot.png
   $ adb pull /data/screenshot.png ~/screenshot.png

You can resize with convert from package imagemagick:

   $ convert screenshot.png -resize 50% screenshot.png

Which build am I running?

  • Find out what build you are running

   $ adb shell cat /etc/media-info

Or for the details of the build (version of android part/version of ubuntu part)

root@ubuntu-phablet:/# system-image-cli -i
current build number: 80
device name: mako
channel: devel-proposed
last update: 2013-10-04 09:59:14
version version: 80
version ubuntu: 20131003.2
version device: 20131003.2

Enable MIR by default

   $ adb shell touch /home/phablet/.display-mir
   $ adb reboot

   to switch back:

   $ adb shell rm /home/phablet/.display-mir
   $ adb reboot
  • MIR is running if no surfaceflinger process is running and the socket /tmp/mir_socket is present
  • Tag bugs that exist only in MIR with mir-only

Enable gprs if it doesn't come up automatically

  • GPRS A simple work around while this is not working is to do:

   $ adb shell restart network-manager

Turn back on intro

  • Turn back on the initial demo that instructs how to use the phone via swiping

dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest=org.freedesktop.Accounts /org/freedesktop/Accounts/User32011 org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties.Set string:com.canonical.unity.AccountsService string:demo-edges variant:boolean:true

Retracing a crash on phone

In case you don't want to submit a crash to Launchpad to let them be handled by Ubuntu retracers, a way to generate nice stack trace from crash files in /var/crash/ and usable by developers is to use apport retrace directly on the phone.

  1. Switch the device to RW mode
  2. Install apport-retrace:  apt-get install apport-retrace 

  3. Enable ddebs repository to install debug symbol packages

  4. Run apport-cli on a crash files in /var/crash, for example:
    •   $ apport-cli /var/crash/_usr_lib_arm-linux-gnueabihf_upstart-app-launch_zg-report-app.32011.crash

      4.1. To the question Send problem report to the developers? answer E: Examine locally

      4.2. To the question This will launch apport-retrace in a terminal window to examine the crash. answer 3: Update /var/crash/_usr_lib_arm-linux-gnueabihf_upstart-app-launch_zg-report-app.32011.crash with fully symbolic stack trace. Alternatively you can also get into an interactive gdb shell with all symbols loaded for in-depth debugging.

  5. Let apport proceed ...

Note: Make sure the phone is not blacked because in suspend mode, it will takes an infinite amount of time to do anything.

Disable Screen Timeout


  $ powerd-cli display on bright

Add APN Settings

'Note you'll need to be in r/w mode for this to work'

If you need to edit your APN settings for some reason, currently you have to manually edit the ofono config files. Perform the following:

  • Shell into your phone or open a terminal
  • Stop network manager and ofono

stop network-manager
stop ofono
  • Find your proper APN settings from your provider
  • Use the APN name as the AccessPointName in your gprs config file. The file is found at /var/lib/ofono/<Identity>/gprs

    • For example, for an ATT straight talk sim, this is a copy of the file that will work. Notice AccessPointName=tfdata matches the APN value given by straighttalk (att) below.


  • Reboot your phone
  • Enjoy working mobile data


In general, check your MVNO's website for the settings information. You can use the required settings for any device, such as an android. Ignore the instructions and copy the information. It will look similar to the following:


NAME net10
APN tfdata

You only need the 'APN' field data to replace the AccessPointName= value in the gprs file.

Straight Talk Sim (Walmart)

The straight talk card might be using tmobile or att network. Here's the full APN details from for each.

Straight Talk (ATT)

APN tfdata
MMS_APN tfdata

Straight Talk (Tmobile)

APN wap.tracfone
MMS_APN wap.tracfone

Install a Package from Source

Sometimes we need to test the behavior of the bleeding-edge code that the developers are actively working on. To do this we take advantage of the Debian packaging system by building a package from source on the device and installing it there. Here we'll run through an example of installing lp:ubuntu-system-settings from source on a device. You'll need to set up for a writeable image. Do this as the phablet user and make a workspace for your codez:

  $ adb shell
  $ su phablet
  $ mkdir ~/workspace

We'll need a few packages to begin:

  $ sudo apt-get install -y bzr devscripts equivs

Now get trunk as if you were on your local machine.

  $ cd ~/workspace
  $ bzr branch lp:ubuntu-system-settings

This installs all the packages necessary to build/run, should take a while for packages with lots of dependencies.

  $ cd ~/workspace/ubuntu-system-settings
  $ sudo mk-build-deps -i debian/control

Modify the changelog to ensure that our built package will take priority over any installed version of the package.

  $ dch -R

This opens an editor on the debian/changelog in the project directory (note that I had some trouble saving this file under nano, so vi is recommended):

  ubuntu-system-settings (0.1+13.10.20131002-0ubuntu2) UNRELEASED; urgency=low
   -- phablet <phablet@ubuntu-phablet>  Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:52:50 +0000
  ubuntu-system-settings (0.1+13.10.20131002-0ubuntu1) saucy; urgency=low
    [ Sebastien Bacher ]
    * click: the installed-size info is in kib, not in bytes.

Note that our new changelog entry bears an incremented version number. Fill in something like "Test build." for a changelog entry (behind the asterisk), then exit and save the changelog.

Now build the package (live the life of a dev for a few mins Wink ;) ).

  $ debuild -us -uc

The .deb has been deposited in the parent directory. Install it like you'd install any deb Smile :) . Note that we may have built multiple deb files--if you find that you're not able to install a .deb due to a dependency issue, look for that dependency here first. In this case we'll discover that we need to install the 'libsystemsettings1' .deb before installing 'ubuntu-system-settings'.

  phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~/workspace/ubuntu-system-settings$ ls ..
  phablet:~/workspace/ubuntu-system-settings$ sudo dpkg -i ubuntu-system-settings_0.1+13.10.20131002-0ubuntu2_armhf.deb

Lastly verify that we're using the right package--the highlighted version should match the version of the new changelog entry we noted above.

  phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~/workspace/ubuntu-system-settings$ apt-cache policy ubuntu-system-settings
    Installed: 0.1+13.10.20131002-0ubuntu2
    Candidate: 0.1+13.10.20131002-0ubuntu2
    Version table:
   *** 0.1+13.10.20131002-0ubuntu2 0
          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
       0.1+13.10.20131002-0ubuntu1 0
          500 saucy/universe armhf Packages

NOTE: do consult with your developers about additional steps necessary to see the behavior of your built package on a device--if it's a system service, e.g., it may need to be killed and restarted, or you may need a new session to see changes in unity itself. Every package is different!

Play a video from the command line (for debugging:)

The general scheme for starting the media player from the command line via upstart is:

  start application APP_ID=mediaplayer-app APP_URIS="file_name"

This can be used for other apps by changing the APP_ID.

QATeam/TouchTesting (last edited 2015-01-22 17:18:23 by knome)