Gentoo Package Dependencies over Time

TitleGentoo Package Dependencies over Time
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBloemen, R, Amrit, C, Kuhlmann, S, Ordóñez–Matamoros, G
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 11th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-4503-2863-0
Keywordsdependencies, gentoo, graph, INNOVATION

Open source distributions such as Gentoo need to accurately track dependency relations between software packages in order to install working systems. To do this, Gentoo has a carefully authored database containing those relations. In this paper, we extract the Gentoo package dependency graph and its changes over time. The final dependency graph spans 15 thousand open source projects and 80 thousand dependency relations. Furthermore, the development of this graph is tracked over time from the beginning of the Gentoo project in 2000 to the first quarter of 2012, with monthly resolution. The resulting dataset provides many opportunities for research. In this paper we explore cluster analysis to reveals meaningful relations between packages and in a separate paper we analyze changes in the dependencies over time to get insights in the innovation dynamics of open source software.

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