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GNU coreutils 8.32
March 2020


The basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities of the GNU operating system


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chcon - change file SELinux security context


chcon [\,OPTION\/]... \,CONTEXT FILE\/...
chcon [\,OPTION\/]... [\,-u USER\/] [\,-r ROLE\/] [\,-l RANGE\/] [\,-t TYPE\/] \,FILE\/...
chcon [\,OPTION\/]... \,--reference=RFILE FILE\/...


Change the SELinux security context of each FILE to CONTEXT. With --reference, change the security context of each FILE to that of RFILE.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
affect the referent of each symbolic link (this is the default), rather than the symbolic link itself
-h, --no-dereference
affect symbolic links instead of any referenced file
-u, --user=\,USER\/
set user USER in the target security context
-r, --role=\,ROLE\/
set role ROLE in the target security context
-t, --type=\,TYPE\/
set type TYPE in the target security context
-l, --range=\,RANGE\/
set range RANGE in the target security context
do not treat ’/’ specially (the default)
fail to operate recursively on ’/’
use RFILE’s security context rather than specifying a CONTEXT value
-R, --recursive
operate on files and directories recursively
-v, --verbose
output a diagnostic for every file processed
The following options modify how a hierarchy is traversed when the -R option is also specified. If more than one is specified, only the final one takes effect.
-H if a command line argument is a symbolic link to a directory, traverse it
-L traverse every symbolic link to a directory encountered
-P do not traverse any symbolic links (default)
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit


Written by Russell Coker and Jim Meyering.


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This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


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or available locally via: info \(aq(coreutils) chcon invocation\(aq


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