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       findcon - SELinux file context search tool




       findcon  allows  the  user  to  search for files with a specified context.  Results can be
       filtered by object class as described below.


       The findcon tool operates upon a file context list source.  There  are  three  valid  file
       context lists.

              If  FCLIST  is  a  name  of a directory then begin the search at that directory and
              recurse within it.  Be sure there are no circular mounts within it.

              If    FCLIST    is    the    name    of     a     file_contexts     file     (e.g.,
              /etc/selinux/strict/contexts/files/file_contexts)  then  open  that  file  and find
              matching entries.

              If FCLIST is the name of a database as created by a previous  run  of  indexcon  or
              apol then open the database and execute queries into it.


       The  following  options  allow the user to specify which files to print.  A file must meet
       all specified criteria.  If no expression is provided, all files are printed.

       -t TYPE, --type=TYPE
              Search for files with a context containing the type TYPE.

       -u USER, --user=USER
              Search for files with a context containing the user USER.

       -r ROLE, --role=ROLE
              Search for files with a context containing the role ROLE.

       -m RANGE, --mls-range=RANGE
              Search for files with a context with the MLS range of  RANGE.   Note  that  findcon
              ignores  the  SELinux  translation  library, if present.  In addition, this flag is
              ignored if the FCLIST has no MLS information.

              Search for files matching this partial context.  This flag overrides  -t,  -u,  -r,
              and -m.

       -p PATH, --path=PATH
              Search for files which include PATH.

       -c CLASS, --class=CLASS
              Search only files of object class CLASS.


       The following additional options are available.

       -R, --regex
              Search  using  regular  expressions  instead of exact string matching.  This option
              does not affect the --class flag.

       -h, --help
              Print help information and exit.

       -V, --version
              Print version information and exit.


       The --context flag specifies a partial context, which is a a colon separated list of user,
       role,  and  type.   If  the  system supports MLS, the context may have a fourth field that
       gives the range.  If a field is not specified or is the literal asterisk, then  the  query
       will always match the field.


       Valid object class strings are

       block, char, dir, fifo, file, link, or sock.


       The  findcon utility always operates on "raw" SELinux file contexts.  If the system has an
       installed translation library (i.e., libsetrans), those translations are ignored in  favor
       of reading the original contexts from the filesystem (if FCFILE is a directory).


       findcon .
              Find every context in the current directory and all of its subdirectories.

       findcon -u user_u .
              Find  every  context  whose  user  is  user_u  in  the  current  directory  and all

       findcon -u system_u -t bin_t file_contexts
              Find entries user system_u and type bin_t within  a  file_contexts  file,  assuming
              that file_contexts is a file contexts file.

       findcon --context=system_u::bin_t file_contexts
              This is equivalent to the previous example.

       findcon --context=system_u:*:bin_t:* file_contexts
              This is also equivalent to the above example.


       This manual page was written by Jeremy A. Mowery <>.


       Copyright(C) 2003-2007 Tresys Technology, LLC


       Please report bugs via an email to


       replcon(1), indexcon(1)