popularity-contest


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 <apenwarr@debian.org>.



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