homebrew's top 1000 requested installs

Craig Treleaven ctreleaven at macports.org
Wed Nov 29 18:34:07 UTC 2017

> On Nov 29, 2017, at 11:42 AM, Ken Cunningham <ken.cunningham.webuse at gmail.com> wrote:
> in case anyone is curious what people are requesting.
> MacPorts has almost all of these, I thought, glancing down the list.
> https://brew.sh/analytics/install-on-request/

A bunch of random discussion at:


Several people were vocally concerned about privacy…but clearly _many_ allow their stats to be collected.  Many of the concerns were that Homebrew was using Google for data analysis.  

Obligatory link to our similar-but-stalled initiative:


As I recall, privacy was a big stumbling block when we last discussed this.  I would argue that Homebrew’s experience shows that not that many people are actually concerned with anonymous data collection—especially if we don’t use Google for the analysis.  As a maintainer, I would *really* like to have even the roughest inkling of how many users there are of a particular port.  I obsoleted a couple of ports recently without the slightest idea how many systems they are currently installed on.

BTW, Homebrew doesn’t collect any information on the OS environment:


I’d like to understand at least which OS version my ports are being installed onto.  Again, that would help a lot with deciding how much effort to put into supported older systems.

I think it is fair to ask our users to provide anonymized stats so that we can make better decisions on the packaging work we do on their behalf.  


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