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       restorecon - restore file(s) default SELinux security contexts.


       restorecon [-r|-R] [-m] [-n] [-p] [-v] [-i] [-F] [-W] [-I|-D] [-e directory] pathname ...

       restorecon  [-f  infilename]  [-e  directory]  [-r|-R]  [-m] [-n] [-p] [-v] [-i] [-F] [-W]


       This manual page describes the restorecon program.

       This program is primarily used to set the security context (extended attributes) on one or
       more files.

       It  can  also  be run at any other time to correct inconsistent labels, to add support for
       newly-installed policy or, by using the -n option, to passively  check  whether  the  file
       contexts are all set as specified by the active policy (default behavior).

       If a file object does not have a context, restorecon will write the default context to the
       file object's extended attributes. If a file object has a context,  restorecon  will  only
       modify  the  type portion of the security context.  The -F option will force a replacement
       of the entire context.

       If a file is labeled with customizable SELinux type (for list of  customizable  types  see
       /etc/selinux/{SELINUXTYPE}/contexts/customizable_types),  restorecon won't reset the label
       unless the -F option is used.

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


       -e directory
              exclude a directory (repeat the option to exclude more than one directory, Requires
              full path).

       -f infilename
              infilename contains a list of files to be processed. Use “-” for stdin.

       -F     Force reset of context to  match  file_context  for  customizable  files,  and  the
              default file context, changing the user, role, range portion as well as the type.

       -h, -? display usage information and exit.

       -i     ignore files that do not exist.

       -I     ignore  digest  to  force checking of labels even if the stored SHA1 digest matches
              the specfiles SHA1 digest. The digest will then be updated provided  there  are  no
              errors. See the NOTES section for further details.

       -D     Set  or  update  any directory SHA1 digests. Use this option to enable usage of the
              security.restorecon_last extended attribute.

       -m     do not read /proc/mounts to obtain a list of non-seclabel  mounts  to  be  excluded
              from  relabeling  checks.   Setting  this  option  is  useful where there is a non-
              seclabel fs mounted with a seclabel fs mounted on a directory below this.

       -n     don't change any file labels (passive check).  To display the  files  whose  labels
              would be changed, add -v.

       -o outfilename
              Deprecated - This option is no longer supported.

       -p     show  progress  by  printing the number of files in 1k blocks unless relabeling the
              entire OS, that will then show the approximate percentage complete. Note  that  the
              -p and -v options are mutually exclusive.

       -R, -r change files and directories file labels recursively (descend directories).

       -v     show  changes in file labels. Multiple -v options increase the verbosity. Note that
              the -v and -p options are mutually exclusive.

       -W     display warnings about entries  that  had  no  matching  files  by  outputting  the
              selabel_stats(3) results.

       -0     the  separator  for the input items is assumed to be the null character (instead of
              the white space).  The quotes and the backslash  characters  are  also  treated  as
              normal characters that can form valid input.  This option finally also 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 -print0 option of
              GNU find produces input suitable for this mode.

              pathname ...  The pathname for the file(s) to be relabeled.


       1.  restorecon does not  follow  symbolic  links  and  by  default  it  does  not  operate
           recursively on directories.

       2.  If  the  pathname  specifies the root directory and the -vR or -vr options are set and
           the audit system is running, then an audit event is automatically logged stating  that
           a "mass relabel" took place using the message label FS_RELABEL.

       3.  To  improve  performance  when  relabeling file systems recursively (i.e. the -R or -r
           option is set), the -D option to restorecon will cause it to store a  SHA1  digest  of
           the  default  specfiles set in an extended attribute named security.restorecon_last on
           the directory specified in each pathname ...  once the relabeling has  been  completed
           successfully.  This digest will be checked should restorecon -D be rerun with the same
           pathname parameters. See selinux_restorecon(3) for further details.

           The  -I  option  will  ignore  the  SHA1  digest  from  each  directory  specified  in
           pathname ...   and  provided the -n option is NOT set and recursive mode is set, files
           will be relabeled as required with the digest then being updated provided there are no


       This  man  page was written by Dan Walsh <>.  Some of the content of this
       man  page  was  taken  from   the   setfiles   man   page   written   by   Russell   Coker
       <>.  The program was written by Dan Walsh <>.


       setfiles(8), fixfiles(8), load_policy(8), checkpolicy(8), customizable_types(5)

                                           10 June 2016                             restorecon(8)