Is there any way I can get an overview or at least any indication on how many people downloaded/installed a package from CTAN, MiKTeX and/or TeXLive?

I'm asking because I have recently made several packages, and I would like to know if they're getting used, and in turn which should be prioritized in maintaining and the like. Also It's always nice to know approximately how many are using it.

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    Short answer: No. – Johannes_B May 10 '18 at 7:05
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    I use and recommend a full installation because disk space is not an issue anymore (MiKTeX is approx 5 GB when installed on my system, less than a decent full HD movie in H.264 with surround sound). In addition, it's very annoying (at least to me) if you want to try something new and some package dependencies or new packages are missing. – Dr. Manuel Kuehner May 10 '18 at 9:35
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    Package manager available for both distributions, taking care of package updates. New packages that go to TL get installed with an update (by default). – Johannes_B May 10 '18 at 10:35
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    @AndreasStorvikStrauman You could do it like the cleanthesis package and ask your users to sent you a postcard :) – samcarter May 10 '18 at 13:03
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    @samcarter Great idea! I'll just lock it, so that they send me a postcard, and then I'll reply with an activation code. That way I can just count my postcards! – Andreas Storvik Strauman May 11 '18 at 6:43

Speaking for CTAN there are several ways out:

  • Distributions like TeXLive and MikTeX
  • Downloads from CTAN itself and it's mirrors
  • Distribution via DVD

We could in theory count the downloads in the logs of CTAN itself. But already the mirrors are beyound our control.

Having said that, I think that many people use CTAN to read documentation. Thus it would be possible to record the clicks to get an indication of the popularity. Maybe I will do an experiment in this direction... but don't hold your breath;-)

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