“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 an override for path, the status of path is left
unchanged by this command.
List all overrides. If a glob pattern is specified restrict
the output to overrides which match the glob.
--help Show the usage message and exit.
Show the version and exit.
Change the directory of the dpkg database where the
statoverride file is also stored. Defaults to
Force an action, even if a sanity check would otherwise
prohibit it. This is necessary to override an existing
Immediately try to change the path to the new owner and mode
if it exists.
Be less verbose about what we do.
0 The requested action was successfully performed.
1 For --list, if there are no overrides or none match the
2 Fatal or unrecoverable error due to invalid command-line
usage, or interactions with the system, such as accesses to
the database, memory allocations, etc.
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.
This page is part of the dpkg (Debian Package Manager) project.
Information about the project can be found at
⟨https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Dpkg/⟩. If you have a bug report for
this manual page, see
⟨http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?src=dpkg⟩. This page
was obtained from the project's upstream Git repository
⟨git://git.debian.org/git/dpkg/dpkg.git⟩ on 2017-04-25. If you dis‐
cover any rendering problems in this HTML version of the page, or you
believe there is a better or more up-to-date source for the page, or
you have corrections or improvements to the information in this
COLOPHON (which is not part of the original manual page), send a mail
1.18.15-3-ga2ef 1970-01-01 dpkg-statoverride(1)