debpkg - wrapper for dpkg
debpkg simply invokes dpkg(1) but first becomes superuser so that
dpkg is able to install and remove packages. It also cleans the
environment and resets PATH to a sane default:
"/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11" so that local versions
of programs are not run by accident.
debpkg must be given superuser privileges in some way to function
properly. Access to debpkg with those privileges is the same as
having superuser access to your machine. debpkg will abort if it
finds that it neither being run by root nor setuid root.
The devscripts package has been designed to allow
debpkg to be made setuid root. This works by using a compiled wrapper
script, which means that suidperl is not required. See
dpkg-statoverride(8) if you wish to make this program setuid root.
sudo or super could also conceivably be used.
Christoph Lameter <firstname.lastname@example.org>; minor modifications made by
Julian Gilbey <email@example.com>.