Linux 2.6 - man page for popularity-contest (linux section 8)
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popularity-contest - list the most popular Debian packages
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-
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-
The popularity-contest FAQ at /usr/share/doc/popularity-contest/FAQ pop-
Additional documentation is in /usr/share/doc/popularity-contest/.
Avery Pennarun <email@example.com>.
Debian/GNU Linux November 2001 POPULARITY-CONTEST(8)
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