chcon - change file security context


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


Change the security context of each FILE to CONTEXT. With --reference, change the security context of each FILE to that of RFILE.
-h, --no-dereference
 affect symbolic links instead of any referenced file
 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
-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
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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Copyright © 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The full documentation for chcon is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and chcon programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils 'chcon invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.

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