Use of a package?
Eric H. Christensen
sparks at fedoraproject.org
Thu Oct 11 00:29:06 UTC 2012
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On Tue, Oct 09, 2012 at 11:51:56AM -0700, Jesse Keating wrote:
> On 10/09/2012 11:07 AM, Matthew Miller wrote:
> >On Tue, Oct 09, 2012 at 01:29:04PM -0400, Eric H. Christensen wrote:
> >>Well, if I don't know *if* it's being used I certainly can't ask the
> >>unknown masses. :) I was just looking at some of the packages I recently
> >>adopted and noted that many of them seem to have dead or dying upstream.
> >>That isn't to say the software isn't still useful but if folks aren't
> >>using them... You get what I'm saying.
> >Oooh that. Yes, this would be good -- I understand there's work on a new
> >"census" program to replace smolt, but I don't know the details.
> Each time this is brought up, the arguments are made that it's
> flawed data. Just because a package is installed does not mean that
> the package is /used/. Generally this leads to suggestions about
> tracking actual launches or access of files of a package, then
> privacy arguments, and then nothing happens.
That's true. I hate to think about all the packages I have on my system, that were installed by default, that I don't use. I try to comb through the updates to see what I can safely remove. AFAIK, the packages I maintain aren't highly used and are probably only installed if the person *wants* to use them. I think it would be neat to have some sort of running count on what packages are installed, similar to the app store on the Android. At least I'd know if anyone else was enjoying my work.
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