Accession Number:

ADA210837

Title:

Dependency-Directed Localization of Software Bugs

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

77.0

Abstract:

A software bug manifests itself as a violated specification. Debugging is the process that culminates in repairing a program so that it satisfies its specification. An important part of debugging is localization, whereby the smallest region of the program that manifests the bug is found. The Debugging Assistant DEBUSSI is a system that localizes bugs by reasoning about logical dependencies. Via queries to the user and automated deduction, DEBUSSI manipulates the assumptions that underlie a bug manifestation, eventually localizing the bug to one particular assumption. At the same time DEBUSSI incrementally acquires specification information, thereby extending its understanding of the buggy program. As part of the Programmers Apprentice, DEBUSSI will be useful for validating partial designs, as well as for testing fully implemented code.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE