ISSTA 2019
Mon 15 - Fri 19 July 2019 Beijing, China
Thu 18 Jul 2019 11:00 - 11:22 at Grand Ballroom - Regression Testing Chair(s): Dan Hao

In today’s agile world, developers are expected to deliver features rapidly to meet the demands of customers. To ensure that new changes do not introduce regressions, developers often rely on continuous integration pipelines to help build and validate their changes via executing tests in an efficient manner. One of the significant factors that hinder developers’ productivity is flaky tests—tests that may fail and pass with the same version of code. Since flaky test failures are not deterministically reproducible, developers often have to spend hours only to discover that the occasional failures have nothing to do with their changes. However, ignoring failures of flaky tests can be dangerous, since those failures may represent real faults in the production code. Furthermore, identifying the root cause of flakiness is tedious and cumbersome, since they are often a consequence of unexpected and non-deterministic behavior due to various factors, such as concurrency and external dependencies.

As developers from a large-scale industrial setting, we first describe our experience with flaky tests by conducting a study on them. Our quantitative results show that although the number of flaky tests may be low, the percentage of failing builds due to flaky tests can be substantial. To reduce the burden of flaky tests on developers, we describe our end-to-end framework that helps identify flaky tests and understand their root causes. Our framework instruments flaky tests and all relevant code to log various runtime properties, and then uses a preliminary tool, called RootFinder, to find differences in the logs of passing and failing executions. Using our framework, we collect and publicize a dataset of real-world, anonymized execution logs of flaky tests. We hope that by sharing the findings from our study, the framework, and a dataset of logs, we will encourage more research on this important problem.

Thu 18 Jul

issta-2019-Technical-Papers
11:00 - 12:30: Technical Papers - Regression Testing at Grand Ballroom
Chair(s): Dan HaoPeking University
issta-2019-Technical-Papers11:00 - 11:22
Talk
Wing LamUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Patrice GodefroidMicrosoft Research, Suman NathMicrosoft Corporation, Anirudh SanthiarIndian Institute of Science, Suresh Thummalapenta
issta-2019-Technical-Papers11:22 - 11:45
Talk
August ShiUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jonathan BellGeorge Mason University, Darko MarinovUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pre-print Media Attached
issta-2019-Technical-Papers11:45 - 12:07
Talk
Oliver SchwahnTU Darmstadt, Nicolas CoppikTU Darmstadt, Stefan WinterTU Darmstadt, Neeraj Suri
issta-2019-Technical-Papers12:07 - 12:30
Talk