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Date: 2007-11-29 (22:21)
From: Jon Harrop <jon@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Package popularity on Debian and Ubuntu
On Thursday 29 November 2007 21:44, Jean-Christophe Filliâtre wrote:
> Jon Harrop a écrit :
> > Presumably there are packages with ~7,500 installs that use only the
> > runtime to run but I can't think what it is and would be interested to
> > know because these are presumably quite notable pieces of software
> > written in OCaml.
> >
> > Any ideas?
> Here are at least three Debian softwares written in ocaml and relying on
> package ocaml-base-nox only: hevea, bibtex2html, hlins

Yes indeed! And ledit.

I get:

Package     Debian Ubuntu Total
hevea          526  1,483 2,009
ledit          822    800 1,622
bibtex2html    481    441   922
hlins           83     35   118

> But I have no idea how many installs they represent. I guess you're
> referring to figures at http://popcon.debian.org/ (which I did not know
> at all) but I can't find the figures you're giving.

I'm just grepping the by_inst files and looking at the number of installs for 
each package. Also for Ubuntu at:


What's the best way for me to automate this? I'd like to find all packages 
that depend upon ocaml-base-nox and how many installs they have on Debian and 
Ubuntu. Good for OCaml evangelism. :-)

Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.