An Empirical Study of Fault Triggers in the Linux Operating System: An Evolutionary Perspective


Journal Article

© 1963-2012 IEEE. This paper presents an empirical study of 5741 bug reports for the Linux kernel from an evolutionary perspective, with the aim of obtaining a deep understanding of bug characteristics in the Linux operating system. Bug classification is performed based on the fault triggering conditions, followed by an analysis of the proportions and evolution of the bug types as well as comparisons among versions, products, and repair locations. In addition, an analysis of regression bugs and the relationship between the types of bugs and the time needed to fix them are presented. Moreover, a procedure for the analysis of bug type characteristics based on complex network metrics is proposed, and four network metrics, i.e., degree, clustering coefficient, betweenness, and closeness, are utilized to further investigate the relationship between bug types and software metrics. In this paper, 22 interesting findings based on the empirical results are revealed, and guidance based on these findings is provided for developers and users.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Xiao, G; Zheng, Z; Yin, B; Trivedi, KS; Du, X; Cai, KY

Published Date

  • December 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 68 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1356 - 1383

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-1721

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-9529

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/TR.2019.2916204

Citation Source

  • Scopus