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       dpkg-statoverride - override ownership and mode of files


       dpkg-statoverride [options] command


       `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.


       --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). The mode needs to be
              specified in octal.

              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.

              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 file to the new owner and mode if
              it exists.

              Be less verbose about what we do.


              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.




       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.