dpkg-statoverride(1)             dpkg suite             dpkg-statoverride(1)

NAME         top

       dpkg-statoverride - override ownership and mode of files

SYNOPSIS         top

       dpkg-statoverride [option...] command

DESCRIPTION         top

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.

COMMANDS         top

       --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.

       --help Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.

OPTIONS         top

       --admindir directory
              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.

EXIT STATUS         top

       0      The requested action was successfully performed.

       1      For --list, if there are no overrides or none match the
              supplied glob.

       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.

ENVIRONMENT         top

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

FILES         top

              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.

SEE ALSO         top


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