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8.2% of the most popular downloads in NPM are for legacy packages

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The results of analyzing (https://blog.aquasec.com/deceptive-deprecation-the-truth-about-npm-deprecated-packages) statistics about 50 thousand most downloaded packages in the NPM repository showed that 7500 (15%) of the most downloaded packages were related to deprecated packages and discontinued projects. The Dependency-Deprecated-Checker utility (https://github.com/Aqua-Nautilus/Dependency-Deprecated-Checker), published under the MIT license, is proposed to simplify the identification of deprecated packages among the dependencies used in one's project.

In absolute terms, the distribution of deprecated packages and packages without repository references in NPM is extrapolated to be about 2.1 billion downloads per week.


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