selabel_lookup(3)         SELinux API documentation        selabel_lookup(3)

NAME         top

       selabel_lookup - obtain SELinux security context from a string label

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <selinux/selinux.h>
       #include <selinux/label.h>

       int selabel_lookup(struct selabel_handle *hnd,
                          char **context,
                          const char *key, int type);

       int selabel_lookup_raw(struct selabel_handle *hnd,
                              char **context,
                              const char *key, int type);

DESCRIPTION         top

       selabel_lookup() performs a lookup operation on the handle hnd,
       returning the result in the memory pointed to by context, which must
       be freed by the caller using freecon(3).  The key and type parameters
       are the inputs to the lookup operation and are interpreted according
       to the specific backend that handle is open on.

       selabel_lookup_raw() behaves identically to selabel_lookup() but does
       not perform context translation.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned and errno is
       set appropriately.

ERRORS         top

       ENOENT No context corresponding to the input key and type was found.

       EINVAL The key and/or type inputs are invalid, or the context being
              returned failed validation.

       ENOMEM An attempt to allocate memory failed.

AUTHOR         top

       Eamon Walsh <>

SEE ALSO         top

       selabel_open(3), selabel_stats(3), selinux_set_callback(3),

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                                 18 Jun 2007               selabel_lookup(3)