The commit history of a code base such as the Linux kernel is a gold mine
of information on how evolutions should be made, how bugs should be fixed,
etc. Nevertheless, the high volume of commits available and the rudimentary
filtering tools provided mean that it is often necessary to wade through a
lot of irrelevant information before finding example commits that can help
with a specific software development problem. To address this issue, we
propose Prequel (Patch Query Language), which brings the descriptive power
of code matching to the problem of querying a commit history.
git clone https://scm.gforge.inria.fr/anonscm/git/prequel-pql/prequel-pql.git
Patch-Like Query Language for Commit History Search
Julia Lawall, Quentin Lambert, Gilles Muller
Inria Research report 8918
Fast and Precise Retrieval of Forward and Back Porting Information for
Linux Device Drivers
Julia Lawall, Derek Palinski, Lukas Gnirke, and Gilles Muller
USENIX ATC 2017.
Julia . Lawall @ lip6 . fr
The development of Prequel is supported in part
by OSADL, as part of the
Various experiments using Prequel derived from the paper presented at
USENIX 2017 are available here.