dpkg-statoverride(8) dpkg utilities dpkg-statoverride(8)
dpkg-statoverride - override ownership and mode of files
dpkg-statoverride [options] --add
dpkg-statoverride [options] --remove
dpkg-statoverride [options] --list 
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.
Add an override for . 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).
If --update is specified and exists, it is immediately
set to the new owner and mode.
Remove an override for , the status of is left
unchanged by this command.
List all overrides. If a glob pattern is specified restrict the
output to overrides which match the glob. If there are no over
rides 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
Be less verbose about what we do.
--help Show usage information.
Show program version and copyright.
Change the directory of the dpkg database where the statoverride
file is also stored. Defaults to /var/lib/dpkg.
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.
Copyright 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 2006-05-23 dpkg-statoverride(8)