`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.
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).
Remove an override for .
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.
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Copyright 2000 Wichert Akkerman