Configuration Debugging as Search: Finding the Needle in the Haystack

@inproceedings{Whitaker2004ConfigurationDA,
  title={Configuration Debugging as Search: Finding the Needle in the Haystack},
  author={Andrew Whitaker and Richard S. Cox and Steven D. Gribble},
  booktitle={OSDI},
  year={2004}
}
This work addresses the problem of diagnosing configuration errors that cause a system to function incorrectly. For example, a change to the local firewall policy could cause a network-based application to malfunction. Our approach is based on searching across time for the instant the system transitioned into a failed state. Based on this information, a troubleshooter or administrator can deduce the cause of failure by comparing system state before and after the failure. We present the Chronus… CONTINUE READING
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