'Wayne Schlitt wrote:'
>In <199611031739.MAA08197@unix3.netaxs.com> Chris Fearnley <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> >> > ... check a package vs the current installation against:
>> >> > a) missing files
>> >> > b) wrong permissions
>> >> > c) wrong sizes/date stamps/link counts
>> What are the goals?
>SCO systems have a "fixperms" command that has been proven to be very
>useful over the years. It's amazing the number of ways that a file
>can get the wrong permissions or owner. Especially when you have a
>less than expert running the system. I have used it a lot more times
>to fix up other peoples problems than my own, but I have still used it
>once and a while. It is a lot faster than restoring from a backup and
>the permissions, owner, and group is usually much shorter than the
>path (especially if you use default values).
Excellent. Yes this sort of tool is needed. But it needs to be
configurable as some admins chmod u-s (or chmod o-rx) several files
outside of dpkg's knowledge. Perhaps the checksecurity script could be
made more useful? IMO this should be a tool not a dpkg database
feature. I thought someone recently posted something for this purpose,
but I can't find it ...
Christopher J. Fearnley | Linux/Internet Consulting
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