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beaker-wizard - Man Page

Tool to ease the creation of a new Beaker task


beaker-wizard [options] <testname> <bug>

The testname argument should be specified as:


which can be shortened as you need:

beaker-wizard Makefile

This form will run the Wizard in the Makefile edit mode which allows you to quickly and simply update metadata of an already existing test while trying to keep the rest of the Makefile untouched.


Beaker Wizard is a tool which can transform that "create all the necessary files with correct names, values, and paths" boring phase of every test creation into one-line joy. For power users there is a lot of inspiration in the man page. For quick start just cd to your test package directory and simply run beaker-wizard.

The beaker-wizard was designed to be flexible: it is intended not only for beginning Beaker users who will welcome questions with hints but also for experienced test writers who can make use of the extensive command-line options to push their new-test-creating productivity to the limits.

For basic usage help, see Options below or run beaker-wizard -h. For advanced features and expert usage examples, read on.


  • provide reasonable defaults wherever possible
  • flexible confirmation (--every, --common, --yes)
  • predefined skeletons (beaker, beakerlib, simple, multihost, library, parametrized, empty)
  • saved user preferences (defaults, user skeletons, licenses)
  • Bugzilla integration (fetch bug info, reproducers, suggest name, description)
  • Makefile edit mode (quick adding of bugs, limiting archs or releases...)
  • automated adding created files to the git repository


Another interesting feature is that you can save your own skeletons into the preferences file, so that you can automatically populate the new test scripts with your favourite structure.

All of the test related metadata gathered by the Wizard can be expanded inside the skeletons using XML tags. For example: use <package/> for expanding into the test package name or <test/> for the full test name.

The following metadata variables are available:

  • test namespace package type path testname description
  • bugs reproducers requires architectures releases version time
  • priority license confidential destructive
  • skeleton author email


-h, --help

show this help message and exit

-V, --version

display version info and quit

Basic metadata:

short description


architectures [All]


releases [All]


run for packages [wizard]


required packages [wizard]


test time [5m]

Extra metadata:

test version [1.0]


priority [Normal]


license [GPLv2+]


confidential [No]


destructive [No]

Author info:

your name [Petr Splichal]


your email address [psplicha@redhat.com <psplicha@redhat.com>]

Test creation specifics:

skeleton to use [beakerlib]


join the bug prefix to the testname [Yes]

-f, --force

force without review and overwrite existing files

-w, --write

write preferences to ~/.beaker_client/wizard

-b, --bugzilla

contact bugzilla to get bug details

-g, --git

add created files to the git repository

Confirmation and verbosity:
-v, --verbose

display detailed info about every action

-e, --every

prompt for each and every available option

-c, --common

confirm only commonly used options [Default]

-y, --yes

yes, I'm sure, no questions, just do it!


Some brief examples:

beaker-wizard overload-performance 379791
    regression test with specified bug and name
    -> /CoreOS/perl/Regression/bz379791-overload-performance

beaker-wizard buffer-overflow 2008-1071 -a i386
    security test with specified CVE and name, i386 arch only
    -> /CoreOS/perl/Security/CVE-2008-1071-buffer-overflow

beaker-wizard Sanity/options -y -a?
    sanity test with given name, ask just for architecture
    -> /CoreOS/perl/Sanity/options

beaker-wizard Sanity/server/smoke
    add an optional path under test type directory
    -> /CoreOS/perl/Sanity/server/smoke

beaker-wizard -by 1234
    contact bugzilla for details, no questions, just review
    -> /CoreOS/installer/Regression/bz1234-Swap-partition-Installer

beaker-wizard -byf 2007-0455
    security test, no questions, no review, overwrite existing files
    -> /CoreOS/gd/Security/CVE-2007-0455-gd-buffer-overrun

All of the previous examples assume you're in the package tests directory (e.g. cd git/tests/perl). All the necessary directories and files are created under this location.

Bugzilla integration

The following example creates a regression test for bug #227655. Option -b is used to contact Bugzilla to automatically fetch bug details and -y to skip unnecessary questions.

# beaker-wizard -by 227655
Contacting bugzilla...
Fetching details for bz227655
Examining attachments for possible reproducers
Adding test.pl (simple test using Net::Config)
Adding libnet.cfg (libnet.cfg test config file)

Ready to create the test, please review


             Namespace : CoreOS
               Package : perl
             Test type : Regression
         Relative path : None
             Test name : bz227655-libnet-cfg-in-wrong-directory
           Description : Test for bz227655 (libnet.cfg in wrong directory)

    Bug or CVE numbers : bz227655
  Reproducers to fetch : test.pl, libnet.cfg
     Required packages : None
         Architectures : All
              Releases : All
               Version : 1.0
                  Time : 5m

              Priority : Normal
               License : GPLv2+
          Confidential : No
           Destructive : No

              Skeleton : beakerlib
                Author : Petr Splichal
                 Email : psplicha@redhat.com

[Everything OK?]
Directory Regression/bz227655-libnet-cfg-in-wrong-directory created
File Regression/bz227655-libnet-cfg-in-wrong-directory/PURPOSE written
File Regression/bz227655-libnet-cfg-in-wrong-directory/runtest.sh written
File Regression/bz227655-libnet-cfg-in-wrong-directory/Makefile written
Attachment test.pl downloaded
Attachment libnet.cfg downloaded

Command line

The extensive command line syntax can come in handy for example when creating a bunch of sanity tests for a component. Let's create a test skeleton for each of wget's feature areas:

# cd git/tests/wget
# for test in download recursion rules authentication; do
>   beaker-wizard -yf $test -t 10m -q httpd,vsftpd \
>       -d "Sanity test for $test options"
> done



             Namespace : CoreOS
               Package : wget
             Test type : Sanity
         Relative path : None
             Test name : authentication
           Description : Sanity test for authentication options

    Bug or CVE numbers : None
  Reproducers to fetch : None
     Required packages : httpd, vsftpd
         Architectures : All
              Releases : All
               Version : 1.0
                  Time : 10m

              Priority : Normal
               License : GPLv2+
          Confidential : No
           Destructive : No

              Skeleton : beakerlib
                Author : Petr Splichal
                 Email : psplicha@redhat.com

Directory Sanity/authentication created
File Sanity/authentication/PURPOSE written
File Sanity/authentication/runtest.sh written
File Sanity/authentication/Makefile written

# tree
`-- Sanity
    |-- authentication
    |   |-- Makefile
    |   |-- PURPOSE
    |   `-- runtest.sh
    |-- download
    |   |-- Makefile
    |   |-- PURPOSE
    |   `-- runtest.sh
    |-- recursion
    |   |-- Makefile
    |   |-- PURPOSE
    |   `-- runtest.sh
    `-- rules
        |-- Makefile
        |-- PURPOSE
        `-- runtest.sh


If you provide an option with a "?" you will be given a list of available options and a prompt to type your choice in.

For working Bugzilla integration you need python-bugzilla package installed on your system. If you are trying to access a bug with restricted access, log in to Bugzilla first with the following command:

bugzilla login

You will be asked for email and password and after successfully logging in a ~/.bugzillacookies file will be created which then will be used in all subsequent Bugzilla queries. Logout can be performed with rm ~/.bugzillacookies ;-)


All commonly used preferences can be saved into ~/.beaker_client/wizard. Use "write" command to save current settings when reviewing gathered test data or edit the file with you favourite editor.

All options in the config file are self-explanatory. For confirm level choose one of: nothing, common or everything.

Library Tasks

The "library" skeleton can be used to create a "library task". It allows you to bundle together common functionality which may be required across multiple tasks. To learn more, see the BeakerLib documentation for library tasks <https://github.com/beakerlib/beakerlib/wiki/man#rlimport>.


If you encounter an issue or have an idea for enhancement, please file a new bug <https://bugzilla.redhat.com/enter_bug.cgi?product=Beaker&component=command+line&short_desc=beaker-wizard:+&status_whiteboard=BeakerWizard&assigned_to=psplicha@redhat.com>. See also open bugs <https://bugzilla.redhat.com/buglist.cgi?product=Beaker&bug_status=__open__&short_desc=beaker-wizard&short_desc_type=allwordssubstr>.

See Also


Petr Splichal <psplicha@redhat.com>


Jun 07, 2024 29.1 Beaker