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setfiles(8)                                                        setfiles(8)

setfiles - set file security contexts.

setfiles  [-c  policy  ]   [-d]  [-l]  [-n]  [-e directory ]  [-o filename ] 
[-q]  [-s]  [-v]  [-vv]  [-W]  [-F]  spec_file pathname...

This manual page describes the setfiles program.

This program is primarily  used  to  initialise  the  security  context
database  (extended  attributes) on one or more filesystems.  This pro-
gram is initially run as part of the SE Linux installation process.

It can also be run at any time to correct errors, to  add  support  for
new  policy,  or  with the -n option it can just check whether the file
contexts are all as you expect.

-c     check the validity of the contexts against the specified  binary

-d     show what specification matched each file.

-l     log changes in file labels to syslog.

-n     don't change any file labels.

-q     suppress non-error output.

-r rootpath
use an alternate root path

-e directory
directory  to  exclude  (repeat  option for more than one direc-

-F     Force reset of context to match  file_context  for  customizable

-o filename
save list of files with incorrect context in filename.

-s     take  a  list  of  files  from standard input instead of using a
pathname on the command line.

-v     show changes in file labels, if type or role are changing.

-vv    show changes in file labels, if type, role, or user  are  chang-

-W     display warnings about entries that had no matching files.

spec_file  The specification file which contains lines of the following
regexp [ -type ]  ( context | <<none>> )
The regular expression is anchored at both  ends.   The  optional  type
field  specifies  the file type as shown in the mode field by the ls(1)
program, e.g. -- to match only regular files or -d to match only direc-
tories.   The context can be an ordinary security context or the string
<<none>> to specify that the file is not to have its context changed.
The last matching specification is used. If  there  are  multiple  hard
links  to a file that match different specifications and those specifi-
cations indicate different security contexts, then a  warning  is  dis-
played  but the file is still labeled based on the last matching speci-
fication other than <<none>>.

The pathname for the root directory of each file  system  to  be
relabeled.  Not used if the -s option is used.

This man page was written by Russell Coker <>.  The
program was written by Stephen Smalley <>

load_policy(8), checkpolicy(8)

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