Handling a failing test

File a bug:
At crbug.com and leave as much context about the problem in the bug report. At least make sure to include the following in the bug report:
  • Copy+paste the relevant parts of the log into the bug report -- it is not sufficient to give a URL to the bot log, as the logs eventually get deleted.
  • Comment detailing the action you took (disabled, on what platform).
  • Indicate if the test is Flaky (intermittently failing), constantly failing, timing out, crashing, etc.
  • Tag with Tests-Disabled.
  • Link to build logs for that test: http://chromium-build-logs.appspot.com/
  • Wherever possible, assign an owner who will actively look into it.
An example bug (Comment #0 demonstrates how to file the tracker, comment #1 shows the CL to disable the test)

Disable the test:

Prefix DISABLED_ to the name of the crashing/timing out test.

TEST(ExampleTest, CrashingTest) {


// Crashes on all platforms.  http://crbug.com/1234
TEST(ExampleTest, DISABLED_CrashingTest) {

If the test is crashing/timing out on a proper subset of the major platforms (some, but not all), use an #ifdef to only disable the test for those platforms.

// Crashes on Mac/Win only.  http://crbug.com/2345
#if defined(OS_WIN) || defined(OS_MACOSX)
#define MAYBE_CrashingTest DISABLED_CrashingTest
#define MAYBE_CrashingTest CrashingTest

TEST(ExampleTest, MAYBE_CrashingTest) {

Notice the use of the MAYBE_ moniker: it's possible that the name of the test is an identifier in the testing code, e.g., the name of the test is the same name as the method being tested in the test.

FAILS_ and FLAKY_ are no longer used:

Previously FAILS_ and FLAKY_ prefixes were used to continue running tests and collecting results. Due to build bot slowdowns and false failures for developers we no longer do so. This was discussed in the Feb 2012 Disabling Flaky Tests thread.

FAILS_ and FLAKY_ are ignored by the builders and not run at all. To collect data for potential flaky tests, just enable them as normal, the builder will automatically retry any tests 3 tests, so the flakiness shouldn't cause any tree closures (but the flakiness dashboard will still be told of those flakes).

When you see "Running TestCase" in a browser_tests test:

Follow the appropriate step above, wrapping C++ lines with GEN(''); See WebUI browser_tests - conditionally run a test...

Disabling Java Tests:

If you need to disable an android test in Java, it is a bit different.  First, you import the disabled test package
    import org.chromium.base.test.util.DisabledTest;

Next, for the test itself you comment out SmallTest and Feature and add in @DisabledTest
    // @SmallTest
    // @Feature({"AndroidWebView", "FindInPage"})

See Android Tests for more detailed information.