restorecon(8)restorecon(8)NAMErestorecon - restore file(s) default SELinux security contexts.
SYNOPSISrestorecon [-R] [-n] [-p] [-v] [-e directory] pathname...
restorecon-f infilename [-e directory] [-R] [-n] [-p] [-v] [-F]
This manual page describes the restorecon program.
This program is primarily used to set the security context (extended
attributes) on one or more files.
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).
If a file object does not have a context, restorecon will write the
default context to the file object's extended attributes. If a file
object has a context, restorecon will only modify the type portion of
the security context. The -F option will force a replacement of the
It is the same executable as setfiles but operates in a slightly dif‐
ferent manner depending on it's argv.
exclude a directory (repeat the option to exclude more than one
directory, Requires full path).
infilename contains a list of files to be processed. Use - for
-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.
-n don't change any file labels (passive check). To display the
files whose labels would be changed, add -v.
Deprecated, SELinux policy will probably block this access. Use
shell redirection to save list of files with incorrect context
-p show progress by printing * every 1024 files. (If you relabel
the entire OS, this will show you the percentage complete.)
-R, -r change files and directories file labels recursively (descend
Note: restorecon reports warnings on paths without default
labels only if called non-recursively or in verbose mode.
-v show changes in file labels, if type or role are going to be
-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. Use‐
ful when input items might contain white space, quote marks or
backslashes. The -print0 option of GNU find produces input
suitable for this mode.
pathname... The pathname for the file(s) to be relabeled.
NOTErestorecon does not follow symbolic links and by default it does not
operate recursively on directories.
This man page was written by Dan Walsh <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Some of
the content of this man page was taken from the setfiles man page writ‐
ten by Russell Coker <email@example.com>. The program was written
by Dan Walsh <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
SEE ALSOsetfiles(8), load_policy(8), checkpolicy(8)