BPGen: An automated breakpoint generator for debugging

Cheng Zhang, Dacong Yan, Jianjun Zhao, Yuting Chen, Shengqian Yang

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During debugging processes, breakpoints are frequently used to inspect and understand runtime behaviors of programs. Although most development environments offer convenient breakpoint facilities, the use of these environments usually requires considerable human efforts in order to generate useful breakpoints. Before setting breakpoints or typing breakpoint conditions, developers usually have to make some judgements and hypotheses on the basis of their observations and experience. To reduce this kind of efforts we present a tool, named BPGen, to automatically generate breakpoints for debugging. BPGen uses three well-known dynamic fault localization techniques in tandem to identify suspicious program statements and states, through which both conditional and unconditional breakpoints are generated. BPGen is implemented as an Eclipse plugin for supplementing the existing Eclipse JDT debugger.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSE 2010 - Proceedings of the 32nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2010 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: May 1 2010May 8 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)0270-5257


Other32nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2010
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software

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