Section: dpkg utilities (8)
`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.
If --update is specified and path exists, it is immediately set to the new owner and mode.
Note: dpkg-statoverride preserves the old copy of this file, with extension "-old", before replacing it with the new one.:
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