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       dpkg-statoverride - override ownership and mode of files


       dpkg-statoverride [option...] command


stat  overrides”  are  a  way to tell dpkg(1) to use a different owner or mode for a path
       when a package is installed (this applies to any  filesystem  object  that  dpkg  handles,
       including  directories,  devices,  etc.).  This  can  be  used  to force programs that are
       normally setuid to be install without a setuid flag,  or  only  executable  by  a  certain

       dpkg-statoverride  is  a  utility to manage the list of stat overrides. It has three basic
       functions: adding, removing and listing overrides.


       --add user group mode path
              Add an override for path. path does not need to exist when this  command  is  used;
              the  override  will be stored and used later.  Users and groups can be specified by
              their name (for example root or nobody), or  by  their  number  by  prepending  the
              number  with  a  ‘#’ (for example #0 or #65534).  The mode needs to be specified in

              If --update is specified and path exists, it is immediately set to  the  new  owner
              and mode.

       --remove path
              Remove an override for path, the status of path is left unchanged by this command.

       --list [glob-pattern]
              List all overrides. If a glob pattern is specified restrict the output to overrides
              which match the glob.

       --help Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.


       --admindir directory
              Change the directory of the dpkg database  where  the  statoverride  file  is  also
              stored. Defaults to /var/lib/dpkg.

              Force  an  action,  even  if  a  sanity check would otherwise prohibit it.  This is
              necessary to override an existing override.

              Immediately try to change the path to the new owner and mode if it exists.

              Be less verbose about what we do.


       0      The requested action was successfully performed.

       1      For --list, if there are no overrides or none match the supplied glob.

       2      Fatal or unrecoverable error due to invalid  command-line  usage,  or  interactions
              with the system, such as accesses to the database, memory allocations, etc.


              If  set  and  the  --admindir option has not been specified, it will be used as the
              dpkg data directory.


              File which contains the current list of stat overrides of the system. It is located
              in  the  dpkg  administration  directory, along with other files important to dpkg,
              such as status or available.
              Note: dpkg-statoverride preserves the old copy of this file, with extension “-old”,
              before replacing it with the new one.