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setfiles(8)							   setfiles(8)


setfiles - set file SELinux security contexts.


setfiles [-c policy ] [-d] [-l] [-n] [-p] [-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 policy. -d show what specification matched each file. -l log changes in file labels to syslog. -n don't change any file labels. -p show progress by printing * every 1000 files. -q suppress non-error output. -r rootpath use an alternate root path -e directory directory to exclude (repeat option for more than one direc- tory.) -F Force reset of context to match file_context for customizable files -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- ing. -W display warnings about entries that had no matching files.


spec_file The specification file which contains lines of the following form 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>>. pathname... 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 <>


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