CHECKPOLICY(8)             System Manager's Manual            CHECKPOLICY(8)

NAME         top

       checkpolicy - SELinux policy compiler

SYNOPSIS         top

       checkpolicy [-b[F]] [-C] [-d] [-M] [-c policyvers] [-o output_file]

DESCRIPTION         top

       This manual page describes the checkpolicy command.

       checkpolicy is a program that checks and compiles a SELinux security
       policy configuration into a binary representation that can be loaded
       into the kernel.  If no input file name is specified, checkpolicy
       will attempt to read from policy.conf or policy, depending on whether
       the -b flag is specified.

OPTIONS         top

              Read an existing binary policy file rather than a source
              policy.conf file.

              Write CIL policy file rather than binary policy file.

              Enter debug mode after loading the policy.

              Write policy.conf file rather than binary policy file. Can
              only be used with binary policy file.

              Enable the MLS policy when checking and compiling the policy.

       -o,--output filename
              Write a binary policy file to the specified filename.

       -c policyvers
              Specify the policy version, defaults to the latest.

              Specify the target platform (selinux or xen).

       -U,--handle-unknown <action>
              Specify how the kernel should handle unknown classes or
              permissions (deny, allow or reject).

              Show version information.

              Show usage information.

SEE ALSO         top

       SELinux documentation at,
       especially "Configuring the SELinux Policy".

AUTHOR         top

       This manual page was written by Arpad Magosanyi
       <>, and edited by Stephen Smalley
       <>.  The program was written by Stephen Smalley

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