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Bug#944968: popularity-contest: Program accesses internal dpkg database

On Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 10:44:02PM +0100, Guillem Jover wrote:
> Source: popularity-contest
> Source-Version: 1.69
> Severity: important
> User: debian-dpkg@lists.debian.org
> Usertags: dpkg-db-access-blocker
> Hi!
> This package contains the «popularity-contest» program, which directly
> accesses the dpkg internal database, instead of using one of the public
> interfaces provided by dpkg.
> The program should stop reading the files list files, and switched to
> use something like:
>   «dpkg-query \
>     --showformat 'Package: ${Package}\nFiles:\n${db-fsys:Files}\n' \
>     --show»
> to get them.

Hello Guillem,

the last time this comes up the performance of using dpkg-query was poor. 
Was it improved ? What is the first release to support this syntax ?

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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