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Re: Bug#481129: Bug#671503: general: APT repository format is not documented

On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 01:38:40PM +0200, Julian Andres Klode wrote:
> I do not think that APT is responsible for the repository format. The
> repository format is defined by ftpmaster, not by APT. APT has to my
> knowledge not defined anything new, but only implemented changes to
> the repository format after they were introduced by ftpmaster (see
> InRelease files).

OK, we actually do have some more extensions not used by Debian or
Ubuntu. One of those is the "Important: yes" field, which is like
Essential, but does not force installation of the package like
Essential would do (and does not force immediate configuration
nowadays, so that we can use it for custom meta packages [so
that users cannot accidentally remove the meta package that
configures the complete system]).

I don't know of any other extensions, though. In any case,
they should probably not be part of an official specification,
but rather documented in APT.

Julian Andres Klode  - Debian Developer, Ubuntu Member

See http://wiki.debian.org/JulianAndresKlode and http://jak-linux.org/.

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