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NAME

       dpkg-statoverride - override ownership and mode of files

SYNOPSIS

       dpkg-statoverride [options] --add <user> <group> <mode> <file>
       dpkg-statoverride [options] --remove <file>
       dpkg-statoverride [options] --list [<glob-pattern>]

DESCRIPTION

stat  overrides’  are  a  way to tell dpkg to use a different owner or
       mode for a file when a package is installed.  (note:  I  use  the  word
       ‘file’ here, but in reality this can be 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 group.

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

OPTIONS

       --add <user> <group> <mode> <file>
              Add  an  override for <file>. <file> 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).

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

       --remove <file>
              Remove an override for <file>,  the  status  of  <file  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.  If  there  are  no
              overrides  or  none  match  the glob dpkg-statoverride will exit
              with an exitcode of 1.

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

       --update
              Immediately  try to change the file to the new owner and mode if
              it exists.

       --quiet
              Be less verbose about what we do.

       --help Show version, copyright and usage information.

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

FILES

       /var/lib/dpkg/statoverride
              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.

SEE ALSO

       dpkg(8)

AUTHOR

       Copyright 2000 Wichert Akkerman <wakkerma@debian.org>

       This  is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or
       later for copying conditions.  There is NO warranty.