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NAME

       dpkg-statoverride - override ownership and mode of files

SYNOPSIS

       dpkg-statoverride [options] command

DESCRIPTION

stat  overrides’ are a way to tell dpkg(1) 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.

COMMANDS

       --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.

       --help Show the usage message and exit.

       --version
              Show the version and exit.

OPTIONS

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

       --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.

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(1).

AUTHOR

       Copyright (C) 2000 Wichert Akkerman

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