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       setfiles - set file SELinux security contexts.


       setfiles  [-c  policy  ]  [-d] [-l] [-n] [-e directory ] [-o filename ]
       [-q] [-s] [-v] [-vv|-p] [-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
       program 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.

       It is the same executable  as  setfiles  but  operates  in  a  slightly
       different manner depending on it's argv[0].


       -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

       -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

       -p     show a progress indication in the  form  of  one  dot  per  1000

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

       -0     Input  items  are  terminated  by a null character instead of by
              whitespace,  and the quotes and backslash are not special (every
              character is taken literally).  Disables the end of file string,
              which  is  treated  like  any other argument.  Useful when input
              items   might   contain   white   space,   quote    marks,    or
              backslashes.The   GNU   find   -print0   option  produces  input
              suitable for this mode.


       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
       directories.   The  context  can be an ordinary security context or the
       string <<none>> to specify that the file is not  to  have  its  context
       The  last  matching  specification  is used. If there are multiple hard
       links  to  a  file  that  match  different  specifications  and   those
       specifications  indicate different security contexts, then a warning is
       displayed but the file is still labeled  based  on  the  last  matching
       specification 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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