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       setfiles - set SELinux file security contexts.


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


       This manual page describes the setfiles program.

       This program is primarily  used  to  initialize  the  security  context  fields  (extended
       attributes) on one or more filesystems (or parts of them).  Usually it is initially run as
       part of the SELinux installation process (a step commonly known as labeling).

       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) or by some other
       policy (see the -c option).

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


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

       -d     show what specification matched  each  file  (do  not  abort  validation  after  10

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

       -f     take a list of files to be processed from an input file.

       -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.

       -l     log changes in file labels to syslog.

       -n     don't change any file labels (passive check).

       -o filename
              Deprecated, SELinux policy will probably block this access.  Use shell  redirection
              to save list of files with incorrect context in filename.

       -p     show  progress by printing * every 1024 files.  (If you relabel the entire OS, this
              will show you the percentage complete.)

       -q     suppress non-error output.

       -r rootpath
              use an alternate root path.

       -s     take a list of files from standard input instead  of  using  a  pathname  from  the
              command line (equivalent to -f -).

       -v     show changes in file labels.

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

       -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.


       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 directories.  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  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  or  a
              specific  directory  within  a  filesystem that should be recursively descended and
              relabeled or the pathname of a file that should be relabeled.  Not used if  the  -f
              or the -s option is used.


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


       restorecon(8), load_policy(8), checkpolicy(8)

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