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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       dpkg-statoverride -- override ownership and mode of files

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       dpkg-statoverride [options] --add <user> <group> <mode> <file>
       dpkg-statoverride [options] --remove <file>
       dpkg-statoverride [options] --list [<glob-pattern>]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       `stat  overrides'  are  a  way to tell dpkg 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 normall 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.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       --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
	      number with a `#' (for example #0 or #65534).

       --remove <file>
	      Remove an override for <file>.

       --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-statoverride will exit with an
	      exitcode of 1.

	      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 file to the new owner and mode if
	      it exists.  This is only done for --add.

	      Be less verbose about what we do.

       --help Show version, copyright and usage information.

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

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

	      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    [Toc]    [Back]


AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Copyright 2000 Wichert Akkerman <wakkerma@debian.org>

       This  is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or
       later for copying conditions.  There is NO warranty.

Debian project			 November 2000		  DPKG-STATOVERRIDE(8)
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