From ATLAS3.3.8 forward, ATLAS has had a ``sanity test'', which just does
some quick testing in order to ensure that there are no obvious problems
with the installed ATLAS libraries. It runs all of the standard BLAS interface
testers, with the default input files, and it then runs a few fixed cases
of ATLAS's lapack tester routines (eg., ATLAS/bin/invtst.c, etc). The
advantage of these lapack testers is that they depend on many of
the BLAS as well as the lapack routines, so you get a lot of testing for
a minor amount of time. The sanity checks do not require any non-ATLAS
libraries for testing, so the only dependence that a user who has installed
ATLAS may not be able to satisfy is the need for a Fortran77
compiler, which is required for the BLAS interface testers.
As of ATLAS3.7.12, ATLAS can also run a reduced set of tests for users
who do not have a fortran compiler.