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POPULARITY-CONTEST(8)							    POPULARITY-CONTEST(8)

NAME
       popularity-contest - list the most popular Debian packages

SYNOPSIS
       popularity-contest

DESCRIPTION
       The  popularity-contest command gathers information about Debian packages 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 std-
       out.

       When aggregated with the output of popularity-contest from many other systems, this infor-
       mation  is valuable because it can be used to determine which Debian packages are commonly
       installed, used, or installed and never used.  This helps Debian  maintainers  make  deci-
       sions 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-con-
       test, 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     pop-
       con-largest-unused(8), cron(8)

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

AUTHOR
       Avery Pennarun <apenwarr@debian.org>.

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