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Linux 2.6 - man page for dpkg-statoverride (linux section 8)

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

NAME
       dpkg-statoverride - override ownership and mode of files

SYNOPSIS
       dpkg-statoverride [options] command

DESCRIPTION
       `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.

COMMANDS
       --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  num-
	      ber 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-sta-
	      toverride will exit with an exitcode of 1.

       --help Show the usage message and exit.

       --version
	      Show the version and exit.

OPTIONS
       --admindir directory
	      Change the directory of the dpkg database  where	the  statoverride  file  is  also
	      stored. Defaults to /var/lib/dpkg.

       --force
	      Force  an action, even if a sanity check would otherwise prohibit it.  This is nec-
	      essary to override an existing override.

       --update
	      Immediately try to change the file to the new owner and mode if it exists.

       --quiet
	      Be less verbose about what we do.

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

FILES
       /var/lib/dpkg/statoverride
	      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 `available'.
	      Note: dpkg-statoverride preserves the old copy of this file, with extension "-old",
	      before replacing it with the new one.

SEE ALSO
       dpkg(1).

AUTHOR
       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.

Debian project				    2009-06-26			     dpkg-statoverride(8)


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