A Model Driven Approach to Upgrade Package-Based Software Systems

by Antonio Cicchetti, Davide Di Ruscio, Patrizio Pelliccione, Alfonso Pierantonio and Stefano Zacchiroli

Abstract/Summary

Complex software systems are often based on the abstraction of package, brought to popularity by Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) distributions. While helpful as an encapsulation layer, packages do not solve all problems of deployment, and more generally of management, of large software collections. In particular upgrades, which can affect several packages at once due to inter-package dependencies, often fail and do not hold good transactional properties. This paper shows how to apply model driven techniques to describe and manage software upgrades of FOSS distributions. It is discussed how to model static and dynamic aspects of package upgrades—the latter being the more challenging to deal with—in order to be able to predict common causes of upgrade failures and undo residual effects of failed or undesired upgrades.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14819-4_19

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Antonio Cicchetti, Davide Di Ruscio, Patrizio Pelliccione, Alfonso Pierantonio and Stefano Zacchiroli. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 2010, Volume 69, II, 262-276.

BIBTeX

@incollection{
 affiliation = {Dipartimento di Informatica, Universit{\`a} degli Studi dell{\rq}Aquila, Italy},
 author = {Antonio Cicchetti and Davide Ruscio and Patrizio Pelliccione and Alfonso Pierantonio and Stefano Zacchiroli},
 booktitle = {Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering},
 editor = {Leszek A. Maciaszek and C{\'e}sar Gonz{\'a}lez-P{\'e}rez and Stefan Jablonski},
 doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-14819-4\_19},
 pages = {262--276},
 publisher = {Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
 series = {Communications in Computer and Information Science},
 title = {A Model Driven Approach to Upgrade Package-Based Software Systems},
 url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14819-4_19},
 volume = {69},
 year = {2010}
}

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