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       dpkg-divert - override a package's version of a file


       dpkg-divert [option...]  command


       dpkg-divert  is  the  utility  used  to  set  up and update the list of

       File diversions are a way of forcing dpkg(1) not to install a file into
       its  location,  but  to  a  diverted  location.  Diversions can be used
       through the Debian package scripts to move a file away when it causes a
       conflict.  System  administrators  can  also  use  it  to override some
       package's configuration file, or  whenever  some  files  (which  aren't
       marked  as 'conffiles') need to be preserved by dpkg, when installing a
       newer version of a package which contains those files.


       [--add] file
              Add a diversion for file.

       --remove file
              Remove a diversion for file.

       --list glob-pattern
              List diversions matching glob-pattern.

       --listpackage file
              Print the name of the package that diverts file.   Prints  LOCAL
              if file is locally diverted and nothing if file is not diverted.

       --truename file
              Print the real name for a diverted file.


       --admindir directory
              Set   the   dpkg   data   directory   to   directory   (default:

       --divert divert-to
              divert-to is  the  location  where  the  versions  of  file,  as
              provided by other packages, will be diverted.

              Specifies that all packages' versions of this file are diverted.
              This means, that there are no exceptions, and  whatever  package
              is installed, the file is diverted. This can be used by an admin
              to install a locally modified version.

       --package package
              package is the name of a package whose copy of file will not  be
              diverted.  i.e.  file  will  be diverted for all packages except

              Quiet mode, i.e. no verbose output.

              Actually move the file aside (or back). dpkg-divert  will  abort
              operation in case the destination file already exists.

       --test Test  mode,  i.e.  don't  actually  perform  any  changes,  just

       --help Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.


       When adding, default is --local  and  --divert  original.distrib.  When
       removing, --package or --local and --divert must match if specified.

       Directories can't be diverted with dpkg-divert.

       Care  should  be  taken  when  diverting  shared libraries, ldconfig(8)
       creates a symbolic link based on the DT_SONAME field  embedded  in  the
       library.  Because ldconfig doesn't honour diverts (only dpkg does), the
       symlink may end up pointing at the  diverted  library,  if  a  diverted
       library has the same SONAME as the undiverted one.


       To  divert  all  copies  of a /usr/bin/example to /usr/bin/,
       i.e. directs all packages providing /usr/bin/example to install  it  as
       /usr/bin/, performing the rename if required:

       dpkg-divert --divert /usr/bin/ --rename /usr/bin/example

       To remove that diversion:

       dpkg-divert --rename --remove /usr/bin/example

       To   divert   any   package   trying  to  install  /usr/bin/example  to
       /usr/bin/, except your own wibble package:

       dpkg-divert --package  wibble  --divert  /usr/bin/  --rename

       To remove that diversion:

       dpkg-divert --package wibble --rename --remove /usr/bin/example


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

              If set and the --local  and  --package  options  have  not  been
              specified, dpkg-divert will use it as the package name.


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




       Copyright (C) 1995 Ian Jackson

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