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dpkg-statoverride(8)		dpkg utilities		  dpkg-statoverride(8)

       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.


Debian project			  2013-04-01		  dpkg-statoverride(8)

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