MSR 2024
Mon 15 - Tue 16 April 2024 Lisbon, Portugal
co-located with ICSE 2024
Mon 15 Apr 2024 11:12 - 11:24 at Grande Auditório - Defects, Bugs and Issues Chair(s): Wesley Assunção

Open-source software is increasingly reused, complicating the process of patching to repair bugs. In the case of Linux, a distinct ecosystem has formed, with Linux mainline serving as the upstream, stable or long-term-support (LTS) systems forked from mainline, and Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Android, as downstreams forked from stable or LTS systems for end-user use. Ideally, when a patch is committed in the Linux upstream, it should not introduce new bugs and be ported to all the applicable downstream branches in a timely fashion. However, several concerns have been expressed in prior work about the responsiveness of patch porting in this Linux ecosystem. In this paper, we mine the software repositories to investigate a range of Linux distributions in combination with Linux stable and LTS, and find diverse patch porting strategies and competence levels that help explain the phenomenon. Furthermore, we show concretely using three metrics, i.e., patch delay, patch rate, and bug inheritance ratio, that different porting strategies have different tradeoffs. We find that hinting tags(e.g., Cc stable tags and fixes tags) are significantly important to the prompt patch porting, but it is noteworthy that a substantial portion of patches remain devoid of these indicative tags. Finally, we offer recommendations based on our analysis of the general patch flow, e.g., interactions among various stakeholders in the ecosystem and automatic generation of hinting tags, as well as tailored suggestions for specific porting strategies.

Mon 15 Apr

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11:00 - 12:30
11:00
12m
Talk
Enhancing Performance Bug Prediction Using Performance Code Metrics
Technical Papers
Guoliang Zhao Computer Science of Queen's University, Stefanos Georgio , Safwat Hassan University of Toronto, Canada, Ying Zou Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Derek Truong IBM Canada, Toby Corbin IBM UK
11:12
12m
Talk
An Investigation of Patch Porting Practices of the Linux Kernel Ecosystem
Technical Papers
Xingyu Li UC Riverside, Zheng Zhang UC Riverside, Zhiyun Qian University of California at Riverside, USA, Trent Jaeger UC Riverside, Chengyu Song University of California at Riverside, USA
11:24
12m
Talk
CrashJS: A NodeJS Benchmark for Automated Crash Reproduction
Technical Papers
Philip Oliver Victoria University of Wellington, Jens Dietrich Victoria University of Wellington, Craig Anslow Victoria University of Wellington, Michael Homer Victoria University of Wellington
11:36
12m
Talk
An Empirical Study on Just-in-time Conformal Defect Prediction
Technical Papers
Xhulja Shahini paluno - University of Duisburg-Essen, Andreas Metzger University of Duisburg-Essen, Klaus Pohl
11:48
12m
Talk
Fine-Grained Just-In-Time Defect Prediction at the Block Level in Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC)
Technical Papers
Mahi Begoug , Moataz Chouchen ETS, Ali Ouni ETS Montreal, University of Quebec, Eman Abdullah AlOmar Stevens Institute of Technology, Mohamed Wiem Mkaouer University of Michigan - Flint
12:00
4m
Talk
TrickyBugs: A Dataset of Corner-case Bugs in Plausible Programs
Data and Tool Showcase Track
Kaibo Liu Peking University, Yudong Han Peking University, Yiyang Liu Peking University, Zhenpeng Chen Nanyang Technological University, Jie M. Zhang King’s College London, Federica Sarro University College London, Gang Huang Peking University, Yun Ma Peking University
12:04
4m
Talk
GitBugs-Java: A Reproducible Java Benchmark of Recent Bugs
Data and Tool Showcase Track
André Silva KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Nuno Saavedra INESC-ID and IST, University of Lisbon, Martin Monperrus KTH Royal Institute of Technology
12:08
4m
Talk
A Dataset of Partial Program Fixes
Data and Tool Showcase Track
Dirk Beyer LMU Munich, Lars Grunske Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Matthias Kettl LMU Munich, Marian Lingsch-Rosenfeld LMU Munich, Moeketsi Raselimo Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
12:12
4m
Talk
BugsPHP: A dataset for Automated Program Repair in PHP
Data and Tool Showcase Track
K.D. Pramod University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, W.T.N. De Silva University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, W.U.K. Thabrew University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Ridwan Salihin Shariffdeen National University of Singapore, Sandareka Wickramanayake University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Pre-print
12:16
4m
Talk
AW4C: A Commit-Aware C Dataset for Actionable Warning Identification
Data and Tool Showcase Track
Zhipeng Liu , Meng Yan Chongqing University, Zhipeng Gao Shanghai Institute for Advanced Study of Zhejiang University, dong li , Xiaohong Zhang Chongqing University, Dan Yang Chongqing University
12:20
5m
Talk
Predicting the Impact of Crashes Across Release Channels
Industry Track
Suhaib Mujahid Mozilla, Diego Costa Concordia University, Canada, Marco Castelluccio Mozilla
12:25
5m
Talk
Zero Shot Learning based Alternatives for Class Imbalanced Learning Problem in Enterprise Software Defect Analysis
Industry Track
Sangameshwar Patil Dept. of CSE, IIT Madras and TRDDC, TCS, B Ravindran IITM