dpkg-statoverride(1)            dpkg utilities            dpkg-statoverride(1)

       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 octal.

              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. If there are no over-
              rides or none match the glob dpkg-statoverride will exit with an
              exitcode of 1.

       --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.

              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
              Note: dpkg-statoverride preserves the old  copy  of  this  file,
              with extension "-old", before replacing it with the new one.


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