[Haskell-cafe] darcs: the first haskell tool more popular than Haskell itself?

Isaac Jones ijones at syntaxpolice.org
Tue Jan 24 11:57:57 EST 2006


Debian has a system called popularity-contest, which is an opt-in
survey of package use.  I was curious to see the ranking of darcs
among Haskell implementations themselves.  The results: Darcs ranks
higher than ghc and hugs.

#<name> is the package name;
#<inst> is the number of people who installed this package;
#<vote> is the number of people who use this package regularly;
#<old> is the number of people who installed, but don't use this package
#      regularly;
#<recent> is the number of people who upgraded this package recently;
#<no-files> is the number of people whose entry didn't contain enough
#           information (atime and ctime were 0).

#rank name                            inst  vote   old recent no-files (maintainer)
138   darcs                            563   159   280   124     0     (Isaac Jones)
(51)  hugs                             304   119   157    28     0     (Isaac Jones)
321   ghc6                             194    81    80    33     0     (Ian Lynagh)

Hugs is listed in a different category, so the ranking is off.

Ian Lynagh pointed me at this nice graph showing the historical
installation of the three packages:




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