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Some Implications of Bazaar Size

Third Draft. Aug 11, 1998
Copyright 1997-1998, Forrest J. Cavalier, III Mib Software
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2.3 Factors affecting defect "detection"

Assuming that the preceding sequential requirements are met: the code is installed, reachable and it runs, it is quite possible that erroneous behavior goes unnoticed. Not all defects cause core dumps or service unavailability when activated. This is influenced by technical factors, but is also influenced by social/cultural factors (which may be more important.)

Since this step is sequential with defect triggering, it is important to note that the effective working size for this activity is not larger than the preceding step in the defect reporting sequence.

Factors which decrease defect detection

Strategies to counter low effective size

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