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
When aggregated with the output of popularity-contest from many other
systems, this information 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 decisions
such as which packages should be installed by default on new systems.
The resulting statistic is available from the project home page
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-
The popularity-contest FAQ at /usr/share/doc/popularity-contest/FAQ
Additional documentation is in /usr/share/doc/popularity-contest/.
Avery Pennarun <firstname.lastname@example.org>.