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GETFATTR(1)			File Utilities			   GETFATTR(1)

NAME
       getfattr - get extended attributes of filesystem objects

SYNOPSIS
       getfattr [-hRLP] -n name [-e en] pathname...
       getfattr [-hRLP] -d [-e en] [-m pattern] pathname...

DESCRIPTION
       For each file, getfattr displays the file name, and the set of extended
       attribute names (and optionally values) which are associated with  that
       file.

       The output format of getfattr -d is as follows:
	       1:  # file: somedir/
	       2:  user.name0="value0"
	       3:  user.name1="value1"
	       4:  user.name2="value2"
	       5:  ...

       Line 1 identifies the file name for which the following lines are being
       reported.  The remaining lines (lines 2 to 4 above) show the  name  and
       value pairs associated with the specified file.

   OPTIONS
       -n name, --name=name
	   Dump the value of the named extended attribute extended attribute.

       -d, --dump
	   Dump	 the  values  of all extended attributes associated with path‐
	   name.

       -e en, --encoding=en
	   Encode values after	retrieving  them.   Valid  values  of  en  are
	   "text",  "hex",  and	 "base64".  Values encoded as text strings are
	   enclosed in double quotes ("), while strings encoded as hexidecimal
	   and base64 are prefixed with 0x and 0s, respectively.

       -h, --no-dereference
	   Do  not  follow symlinks.  If pathname is a symbolic link, the sym‐
	   bolic link itself is examined, rather than the file the link refers
	   to.

       -m pattern, --match=pattern
	   Only	 include attributes with names matching the regular expression
	   pattern.  The default value for pattern  is	"^user\\.",  -m	 which
	   includes  all  the  attributes  in  the  user  namespace.  Refer to
	   attr(5) for a more detailed discussion on namespaces.

       --absolute-names
	   Do not strip leading slash characters ('/').	 The default behaviour
	   is to strip leading slash characters.

       --only-values
	   Dump out the extended attribute value(s) only.

       -R, --recursive
	   List the attributes of all files and directories recursively.

       -L, --logical
	   Logical  walk,  follow symbolic links.  The default behaviour is to
	   follow symbolic link arguments, and to skip symbolic links  encoun‐
	   tered in subdirectories.

       -P, --physical
	   Physical  walk,  skip all symbolic links.  This also skips symbolic
	   link arguments.

       --version
	   Print the version of getfattr and exit.

       --help
	   Print help explaining the command line options.

       --  End of command line options.	 All remaining parameters  are	inter‐
	   preted as file names, even if they start with a dash character.

AUTHOR
       Andreas Gruenbacher, <a.gruenbacher@bestbits.at> and the SGI XFS devel‐
       opment team, <linux-xfs@oss.sgi.com>.

       Please send your bug reports or comments to these addresses.

SEE ALSO
       setfattr(1), and attr(5).

Dec 2001		      Extended Attributes		   GETFATTR(1)
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