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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 group.

       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.

              Give help about the --force-thing options (since dpkg

              Show the version and exit.

OPTIONS         top

       --admindir directory
              Set the administrative directory to directory.  This is
              where the statoverride file is stored.  Defaults to

       --instdir directory
              Set the installation directory, which refers to the
              directory where packages get installed (since dpkg
              1.19.2).  Defaults to «/».

       --root directory
              Set the root directory to directory, which sets the
              installation directory to «directory» and the
              administrative directory to
              «directory/usr/local/var/lib/dpkg» (since dpkg 1.19.2).

       --no-force-things, --refuse-things
              Force or refuse (no-force and refuse mean the same thing)
              to do some things (since dpkg 1.19.5).  things is a comma
              separated list of things specified below.  --force-help
              displays a message describing them.  Things marked with
              (*) are forced by default.

              Warning: These options are mostly intended to be used by
              experts only.  Using them without fully understanding
              their effects may break your whole system.

              all: Turns on (or off) all force options.

              statoverride-add: Overwrite an existing stat override when
              adding it (since dpkg 1.19.5).

              statoverride-remove: Ignore a missing stat override when
              removing it (since dpkg 1.19.5).

              security-mac(*): Use platform-specific Mandatory Access
              Controls (MAC) based security when installing files into
              the filesystem (since dpkg 1.19.5).  On Linux systems the
              implementation uses SELinux.

              Force an action, even if a sanity check would otherwise
              prohibit it.  This is necessary to override an existing
              override.  This option is deprecated (since dpkg 1.19.5),
              it is replaced by --force-all.

              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 --instdir or --root options have not been
              specified, it will be used as the filesystem root
              directory (since dpkg 1.19.2).

              If set and the --admindir or --root options have not been
              specified, it will be used as the dpkg data directory.

              If set and none of the --force-... options have been
              specified, it will be used as the force options to use
              (since dpkg 1.19.5).

              Sets the color mode (since dpkg 1.18.5).  The currently
              accepted values are: auto (default), always and never.

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 available.
              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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1.19.6-2-g6e42d5               2019-03-25           dpkg-statoverride(1)