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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 .

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

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