fixfiles(8) — Linux manual page


fixfiles(8)                                                  fixfiles(8)

NAME         top

       fixfiles - fix file SELinux security contexts.

SYNOPSIS         top

       fixfiles [-v] [-F] [-M] [-f] [-T nthreads] relabel

       fixfiles [-v] [-F] [-T nthreads] { check | restore | verify }
       dir/file ...

       fixfiles [-v] [-F] [-B | -N time ] [-T nthreads] { check |
       restore | verify }

       fixfiles [-v] [-F] [-T nthreads] -R
       rpmpackagename[,rpmpackagename...] { check | restore | verify }

       fixfiles [-v] [-F] [-T nthreads] -C PREVIOUS_FILECONTEXT { check
       | restore | verify }

       fixfiles [-F] [-M] [-B] [-T nthreads] onboot

DESCRIPTION         top

       This manual page describes the fixfiles script.

       This script is primarily used to correct the security context
       database (extended attributes) on filesystems.

       It can also be run at any time to relabel when adding support for
       new policy, or  just check whether the file contexts are all as
       you expect.  By default it will relabel all mounted ext2, ext3,
       ext4, gfs2, xfs, jfs and btrfs file systems as long as they do
       not have a security context mount option.  You can use the -R
       flag to use rpmpackages as an alternative.  The file
       /etc/selinux/fixfiles_exclude_dirs can contain a list of
       directories excluded from relabeling.

       fixfiles onboot will setup the machine to relabel on the next

OPTIONS         top

       -B     If specified with onboot, this fixfiles will record the
              current date in the /.autorelabel file, so that it can be
              used later to speed up labeling. If used with restore, the
              restore will only affect files that were modified today.

       -F     Force reset of context to match file_context for
              customizable files

       -f     Clear /tmp directory with out prompt for removal.

       -R rpmpackagename[,rpmpackagename...]
              Use the rpm database to discover all files within the
              specified packages and restore the file contexts.

              Run a diff on  the PREVIOUS_FILECONTEXT file to the
              currently installed one, and restore the context of all
              affected files.

       -N time
              Only act on files created after the specified date.  Date
              must be specified in "YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM" format.  Date
              field will be passed to find --newermt command.

       -M     Bind mount filesystems before relabeling them, this allows
              fixing the context of files or directories that have been
              mounted over.

       -v     Modify verbosity from progress to verbose. (Run restorecon
              with -v instead of -p)

       -T nthreads
              Use parallel relabeling, see setfiles(8)

ARGUMENTS         top

       One of:

       check | verify
              print any incorrect file context labels, showing old and
              new context, but do not change them.

              change any incorrect file context labels.

              Prompt for removal of contents of /tmp directory and then
              change any incorrect file context labels to match the
              install file_contexts file.

       [[dir/file] ... ]
              List of files or directories trees that you wish to check
              file context on.

AUTHOR         top

       This man page was written by Richard Hally
       <>.  The script  was written by Dan Walsh

SEE ALSO         top

       setfiles(8), restorecon(8)

COLOPHON         top

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Pages that refer to this page: selinux_config(5)restorecon(8)selinux(8)