If .deb packages don't contain "default" permissions, then how do apt/dpkg figure out what permissions to give files when they're being installed? All I want to do is return the permissions to what they would be immediately after an install. The information is there somewhere; the question is, is there a nice way to artificially re-apply it?
Is there a way to extract the contents of a .deb file to a subdirectory (ie. /home/me/temp) without actually installing it? If I could do this, I could pull the permissions from the extracted files and apply them to their actually-installed counterparts. This would be really messy, but it would work.
In any case, I seem to have gotten most things working again, through the magic of Google
, so I'll likely stick with this install unless/until something really important breaks, and I can't fix it.