This is my first question on the Meta site.

I would like to know if it's legitimate to ask a question which may be tied to development, but not have it as its main purpose to exist.

To be specific, I would like to ask from which file(s) the pm command of the Android shell extracts the required info when, for example, I issue the pm list packages command.

Is this a question that will be legitimate on the main site, or I'd rather refrain from asking it?

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    It doesn't really seem like an end-user concern. Why do you ask -- curiosity? If there's a bigger (end-user) reason, I would instead ask about that. Aug 25, 2016 at 19:32
  • @MatthewRead No, my reason to ask this, was to know which file to read from within a Python script, in order to bypass any call to pm. Given this, it appears that it would be better to not ask this.
    – Grimoire
    Aug 25, 2016 at 20:03
  • That would put the focus on development indeed – and we couldn't tell you that the package manager (pm) most likely reads from the packages.xml file (among others I guess). // BTW: You could always ask such things in chat :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Aug 28, 2016 at 11:59
  • @Izzy That seems like a precious hint. By the way, I can't seem to log in the chat... SE is complaining about my email address. Which it already knows.
    – Grimoire
    Aug 28, 2016 at 13:26
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    That's nothing we can do anything about. I'd suggest to use the "contact us" form on Meta.SE to get help with that.
    – Izzy Mod
    Aug 28, 2016 at 13:31


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