Analysis of the Linux Kernel Evolution Using Code Clone Coverage

TitleAnalysis of the Linux Kernel Evolution Using Code Clone Coverage
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsLivieri, S, Higo, Y, Matsushita, M, Inoue, K
Secondary TitleFourth International Workshop on Mining Software Repositories (MSR'07:ICSE Workshops 2007)
Pagination22 - 22
Place PublishedMinneapolis, MN, USA
ISBN Number0-7695-2950-X
Keywordsccfinder, clone, cloning, kernel, linux, metrics, source code

Most studies of the evolution of software systems are based on the comparison of simple software metrics. In this paper, we present our preliminary investigation of the evolution of the Linux kernel using code-clone analysis and the code-clone coverage metrics. We examined 136 versions of the stable Linux kernel using a distributed extension of the code clone detection tool CCFinder. The result is shown as a heat map.

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