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Making Linux better by Looking at the Build process for code

Apr 15, 2009, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

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"The new type of analysis could potentially help to reduce software defects across a wide array of applications. Coverity's new system will first be made available to its commercial clients but will also find its way to Coverity's open source scanning effort that has helped to eliminate over 8,500 software defects from open source software.

""The build system is essentially the assembly line for code," Ben Chelf, CTO of Coverity, told InternetNews.com. "It takes all the pieces that developers write and puts them together. By analyzing the build system you're going to find different things than what you'd find just by analyzing the code itself."

"Chelf explained that the way the Build Analysis software works is by watching how the software is built, as opposed to parsing the actual build configuration files themselves."

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