debpkg simply invokes dpkg(1) but first becomes superuser so that dpkg
is able to install and remove packages. It also cleans the environment
and resets PATH to a sane default:
"/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11" so that local versions of
programs are not run by accident.
debpkg must be given superuser privileges in some way to function prop-
erly. Access to debpkg with those privileges is the same as having
superuser access to your machine. debpkg will abort if it finds that
it neither being run by root nor setuid root.
The devscripts package has been designed to allow debpkg to be made
setuid root. This works by using a compiled wrapper script, which
means that suidperl is not required. See dpkg-statoverride(8) if you
wish to make this program setuid root. sudo or super could also con-
ceivably be used.
Christoph Lameter <firstname.lastname@example.org>; minor modifications made by
Julian Gilbey <email@example.com>.
DEBIAN Debian Utilities DEBPKG(1)
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