Add documentation about the SrvRecords support in apt
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DNS SRV record support in apt
Apt supports a subset of the DNS SRV server records protocol as
described in RFC 2782 for service discovery.
Before connecting to the requested server APT will send a SRV
record request of the form "_$protocol._tcp._$host", e.g.
"_http._tcp.ftp.debian.org" or "_http._tcp.security.debian.org".
If the server sends SRV records
as a reply APT will use those to connect to the server(s) in
this reply. It will honor the "priority" field in the reply.
However it does not implement the "weight" alogrithm as described
in RFC 2782. It will use an equal weight for each server of the
If connecting to a server fails APT will retry with the next one
and remove the server from the list of valid servers for this