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NAME

popularity-contest – list the most popular Debian packages

SYNOPSIS

popularity-contest

DESCRIPTION

The popularity-contest command gathers information about Debian pack‐
ages installed on the system, and prints the name of the most recently
used executable program in that package as well as its last-accessed
time (atime) and last-attribute-changed time (ctime) to stdout.

When aggregated with the output of popularity-contest from many other
systems, this information is valuable because it can be used to deter‐
mine which Debian packages are commonly installed, used, or installed
and never used. This helps Debian maintainers make decisions such as
which packages should be installed by default on new systems.

The resulting statistic is available from the project home page
http://popcon.debian.org/.

Normally, popularity-contest is run from a cron(8) job,
/etc/cron.daily/popularity-contest, which automatically submits the
results to Debian package maintainers (only once a week) according to
the settings in /etc/popularity-contest.conf and /usr/share/popularity-
contest/default.conf.

SEE ALSO

The popularity-contest FAQ at /usr/share/doc/popularity-contest/FAQ
popcon-largest-unused(8), cron(8)

Additional documentation is in /usr/share/doc/popularity-contest/.

AUTHOR

Avery Pennarun .

Debian/GNU Linux November 2001 POPULARITY-CONTEST(8)