Botsing, a Search-based Crash Reproduction Framework for Java

Pouria Derakhshanfar, Xavier Devroey, Annibale Panichella, Andy Zaidman, Arie Van Deursen

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Abstract

Approaches for automatic crash reproduction aim to generate test cases that reproduce crashes starting from the crash stack traces. These tests help developers during their debugging practices. One of the most promising techniques in this research field leverages search-based software testing techniques for generating crash reproducing test cases. In this paper, we introduce Botsing, an open-source search-based crash reproduction framework for Java. Botsing implements state-of-the-art and novel approaches for crash reproduction. The well-documented architecture of Botsing makes it an easy-to-extend framework, and can hence be used for implementing new approaches to improve crash reproduction. We have applied Botsing to a wide range of crashes collected from open source systems. Furthermore, we conducted a qualitative assessment of the crash-reproducing test cases with our industrial partners. In both cases, Botsing could reproduce a notable amount of the given stack traces.Demo. video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6XaQjHqe48 Botsing website: https://stamp-project.github.io/botsing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 35th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ASE 2020
PublisherACM Press
Pages1278-1282
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367684
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event35th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ASE 2020 - Virtual, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 22 Sep 202025 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2020 35th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ASE 2020

Conference

Conference35th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ASE 2020
CountryAustralia
CityVirtual, Melbourne
Period22/09/2025/09/20

Keywords

  • Botsing
  • crash reproduction
  • Search-based software testing

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