dpkg-statoverride(1)                      dpkg utilities                     dpkg-statoverride(1)

       dpkg-statoverride - override ownership and mode of files

       dpkg-statoverride [option...] command

       “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 nor‐
       mally 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 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 num‐
              ber with a ‘#’ (for example #0 or #65534).  The  mode  needs  to  be  specified  in

              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. If there are no overrides or none match the glob dpkg-sta‐
              toverride will exit with an exitcode of 1.

       --help Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.

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

              Force  an action, even if a sanity check would otherwise prohibit it.  This is nec‐
              essary to override an existing override.

              Immediately try to change the path to the new owner and mode if it exists.

              Be less verbose about what we do.

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

              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.


Debian project                              2013-04-01                       dpkg-statoverride(1)


Designed by SanjuD(@ngineerbabu)