In the absence of the -v (verify) option setcap sets the capabilities
of each specified filename to the capabilities specified. The -v
option is used to verify that the specified capabilities are
currently associated with the file.
The capabilities are specified in the form described in
The special capability string, '-', can be used to indicate that
capabilities are read from the standard input. In such cases, the
capability set is terminated with a blank line.
The special capability string, '-r', is used to remove a capability
set from a file.
The -q flag is used to make the program less verbose in its output.
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24th October 2008 SETCAP(8)