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Eclipse CVS advice [message #754905] Fri, 04 November 2011 20:48 Go to next message
dc4 is currently offline dc4Friend
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Registered: November 2011
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Dear Sir/Madam

I am a student at Brunel University working on a statistical software engineering project that requires me to find bugs already in Eclipse and their associated files.

I have managed to collect all the bug ID numbers for particular Eclipse version and components, but it will not tell me the actual file the bug is found in. is there a way to find the file associated with the bug?

With Kind Regards

Mr Dean Smith

Student Number: 0800910

User-Name: CS08DDS

Academic E-Mail: CS08DDS@BRUNEL.AC.UK

Personal E-Mail: DC4@HOTMAIL.COM
Re: Eclipse CVS advice [message #754918 is a reply to message #754905] Sat, 05 November 2011 01:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Deepak Azad is currently offline Deepak AzadFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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On 11/5/2011 2:18 AM, dc4 wrote:
> Dear Sir/Madam
>
> I am a student at Brunel University working on a statistical software
> engineering project that requires me to find bugs already in Eclipse and
> their associated files.
> I have managed to collect all the bug ID numbers for particular Eclipse
> version and components, but it will not tell me the actual file the bug
> is found in. is there a way to find the file associated with the bug?

Not really. Though if the bug is already fixed and the bug report
mentions the either the git commit hash or a patch is attached in the
bug report then you can get the data. But this is not true for every bug
report.
Re: Eclipse CVS advice [message #755438 is a reply to message #754905] Tue, 08 November 2011 14:16 Go to previous message
Eric Rizzo is currently offline Eric RizzoFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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On 11/4/11 4:48 PM, dc4 wrote:
> Dear Sir/Madam
>
> I am a student at Brunel University working on a statistical software
> engineering project that requires me to find bugs already in Eclipse and
> their associated files.
> I have managed to collect all the bug ID numbers for particular Eclipse
> version and components, but it will not tell me the actual file the bug
> is found in. is there a way to find the file associated with the bug?

This kind of question has been asked a few times in the past, and my
response is always the same: it is fundamentally flawed to assume that
each bug report can be tracked to an individual file. The flaws are that:
a) many "bug" reports are actually enhancement requests or invalid
reports altogether; many will eventually be categorized as such, but
many times that decision is a bit of a gray area or simply not updated
in Bugzilla.
b) Many (I'd guess most) bug fixes involve more than one file
c) Very few bug reports mention specifics of what files are touched in
order to fix.

In the end, fundamentally invalid assumptions make a lot of such
research pointless, in my opinion. And Eclipse's Bugzilla system just
doesn't provide the kind of information you're probably looking for in
most cases.

Eric
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