Characterizing common and domain-specific package bugs: a case study on Ubuntu

Xiaoxue Ren, Qiao Huang, Xin Xia, Zhenchang Xing, Lingfeng Bao, David Lo

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Ubuntu is an open source software platform that runs everywhere from the smartphone, the tablet and the PC to the server and the cloud. In Ubuntu, there are many self-contained or third-party software packages for different use, and a bug report in Ubuntu could affect one or more packages simultaneously. Identifying the common package bugs in Ubuntu can help both developers and users better understand the packages they are developing or using, and also provide further guidelines to developers of similar packages in the future. In this paper, we perform a large-scale empirical study of common package bugs on Ubuntu by leveraging topic modeling. By analyzing a total of 240,097 bug reports, we identify 3 general bugs that are common to all Ubuntu packages, i.e., Graphical User Interface (GUI), Maintenance, and Runtime bugs. Moreover, we categorize top-100 packages with most number of bug reports into 6 categories (i.e., graphics, internet, office, sound and video, system management, and kernel), and identify domain-specific bugs for each category.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE 42nd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018
Subtitle of host publication23–27 July 2018 Tokyo, Japan
EditorsSorel Reisman, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Claudio Demartini, Thomas Conte, Ling Liu, William Claycomb, Motonori Nakamura, Edmundo Tovar, Stelvio Cimato, Chung-Horng Lung, Hiroki Takakura, Ji-Jiang Yang, Toyokazu Akiyama, Zhiyong Zhang, Kamrul Hasan
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538626665
ISBN (Print)9781538626672
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Computer Software and Applications Conference 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 23 Jul 201827 Jul 2018
Conference number: 42nd (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Computer Software and Applications Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleCOMPSAC 2018
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  • Bug Report Summarization
  • Empirical Study
  • Topic Model

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