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Re: We need easier installation.

On Fri, Oct 23, 1998 at 06:15:39PM -0400, Avery Pennarun wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 23, 1998 at 10:46:13PM +0100, M.C. Vernon wrote:
> It would be nice to have some kind of package popularity rating.  I'm not
> sure how to do that well, but non-intrusively.  The FTP statistics might be
> one way, but I don't know whether it gives an accurate impression of which
> packages people like, or just which ones are installed on most systems by
> default.
> Hey, here's an idea:  why not compare the last-access times of executable
> binaries in each package?  The ones which have been most recently accessed
> are the ones which are most popular.  The results wouldn't be very useful
> for a single box, but over a large number of them, it might be statistically
> significant.
> We could have a Debian package with a cron job that e-mails a priority list
> somewhere every night or every week... we would just need to ensure privacy
> and validity of the results, somehow.  Of course, this would have to be
> completely optional for each user.
> To get an idea of how long it would take to run, try this command:
>      ls -lu $(grep -h /bin/ /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.list) | gzip -c >/dev/null
> and multiply the run time by two or three, ignoring all error output :)
> It's pretty fast, anyway.
> Hmm, I'm getting more and more interested by this... what does everyone
> think?

the idea is ok.

make you a package?

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