FILECAP:(8)            System Administration Utilities           FILECAP:(8)

NAME         top

       filecap - a program to see capabilities

SYNOPSIS         top

       filecap [ -a | -d | /dir | /dir/file [cap1 cap2 ...] ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       filecap is a program that prints out a report of programs with file
       based capabilities. If a file is not in the report or there is no
       report at all, no capabilities were found. For expedience, the
       default is to check only the directories in the PATH environmental
       variable. If the -a command line option is given, then all
       directories will be checked. If a directory is passed, it will
       recursively check that directory. If a path to a file is given, it
       will only check that file. If the path to the file includes
       capabilities, then they are written to the file.

OPTIONS         top

       -a     This tells the program to show all capabilities starting from
              the / directory. Normally the PATH environmental variable is
              used to show you capabilities on files you are likely to

       -d     This dumps all capabilities for reference.

EXAMPLES         top

       To check file capabilities in $PATH:

       To check file capabilities of whole system:
       filecap -a

       To check file capabilities recursively in a directory:
       filecap /usr

       To check file capabilities of a specific program:
       filecap /bin/passwd

       To list all possible capabilities:
       filecap -d

       To set a file capability on a specific program:
       filecap /bin/ping net_raw net_admin

SEE ALSO         top

       pscap(8), netcap(8), capabilities(7).

AUTHOR         top

       Steve Grubb

COLOPHON         top

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Red Hat                          March 2009                      FILECAP:(8)

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