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Re: Q for the Candidates: How many users?

* Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org>, 2010-03-22, 13:35:
  * www.debian.org/social_contract says Debian's "priorities are our
users and free software",
  * popcon.debian.org currently reports 91,523 submissions,
  * popcon.ubuntu.com currently reports 1,493,440 submissions, and
  * that this is something of a trick question,

That results in a different question for me: Does Ubuntu enforce the
usage of pocon, and should Debian do so, too?

Enforce?  Would the OS deactivate itself if you didn't run popcon?  :)

We're running somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 Debian stable servers.
I'm afraid running popcon on them is a non-starter so far due to concerns
about information exposure.  When this was previously discussed on
debian-devel, it became clear that we're far from the only ones in that

/etc/cron.daily/popularity-contest is a conffile and you can easily customize it. For example, I'm using something like this:

        hidden=`apt-forktracer | cut -d ' ' -f 1 | tr '\n' '|' | sed -e 's/[|]$//'`
        su -s /bin/sh -c "/usr/sbin/popularity-contest" nobody | grep -v -w -E -- "$hidden"

which prevents exposing packages from outside of the archive.

Jakub Wilk

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