Bug#481129: Bug#671503: general: APT repository format is not documented
Excerpts from Filipus Klutiero's message of Wed May 16 18:44:21 +0200 2012:
> Could you clarify how this differs from #481129?
It's 4 years later.
Sorry, forgot that I filed the bug already. It's quite some time.
Given there is no feedback in 4 years I guess it is futile reporting
Admittedly there is no text in social contract about using
Debian-proprietary formats. And a format only defined by "apt can read
that" is definitely Debian-proprietary there is no better term for that.
I'd say it's slightly discriminatory against software not part of Debian
that cannot rely on getting notified when "apt can read that" silently
changes, there is no document defining what apt should be able to read
that software authors can rely on to interoperate with apt, one of the
core Debian tools. Apt in turn relies on open standards like HTTP and
FTP to interoperate with the rest of the world.