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Re: Packages' use of dpkg-statoverride

On Wed, Jan 10, 2001 at 02:57:51PM -0800, Joey Hess wrote:
> Joe Drew wrote:
> > Is dpkg-statoverride meant to be used in a package, or only by sysadmins?
> You can use it in a package's postinst if, for example, you ask "should
> this program be suid?", and act on it by changing the permissions.

Eh? Surely you should be asking in the package's preinst?

Ideally, IMHO, there should be a pre-depends on debconf, a debconf
question about the permissions, the package should be distributed with
the binary setuid (?), and if the user's said they want the permissions
different to the default, dpkg-statoverride should be called in preinst.

Actually, there's no *need* to distribute it setuid in this case. I
can't think of any particularly compelling reason to do it either way.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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