getfattr(1) — Linux manual page


GETFATTR(1)                  File Utilities                  GETFATTR(1)

NAME         top

       getfattr - get extended attributes of filesystem objects

SYNOPSIS         top

       getfattr [-hRLP] -n name [-e en] pathname...
       getfattr [-hRLP] -d [-e en] [-m pattern] pathname...

DESCRIPTION         top

       For each file, getfattr displays the file name, and the set of
       extended attribute names (and optionally values) which are
       associated with that file. Per default only attributes in the
       user namespace are displayed, see -m.

       The output format of getfattr -d is as follows:
               1:  # file: somedir/
               2:  user.name0="value0"
               3:  user.name1="value1"
               4:  user.name2="value2"
               5:  ...

       Line 1 identifies the file name for which the following lines are
       being reported.  The remaining lines (lines 2 to 4 above) show
       the name and value pairs associated with the specified file.

OPTIONS         top

       -n name, --name=name
           Dump the value of the named extended attribute.

       -d, --dump
           Dump the values of all matched extended attributes.

       -e en, --encoding=en
           Encode values after retrieving them.  Valid values of en are
           "text", "hex", and "base64".  Values encoded as text strings
           are enclosed in double quotes ("), while strings encoded as
           hexadecimal and base64 are prefixed with 0x and 0s,

       -h, --no-dereference
           Do not dereference symlinks. Instead of the file a symlink
           refers to, the symlink itself is examined.  Unless doing a
           logical (-L) traversal, do not traverse symlinks to

       -m pattern, --match=pattern
           Only include attributes with names matching the regular
           expression pattern.  The default value for pattern is
           "^user\\.", which includes all the attributes in the user
           namespace. Specify "-" for including all attributes.  Refer
           to xattr(7) for a more detailed discussion of namespaces.

           Do not strip leading slash characters ('/').  The default
           behaviour is to strip leading slash characters.

           Dump out the raw extended attribute value(s) without encoding

       -R, --recursive
           List the attributes of all files and directories recursively.

       -L, --logical
           Logical walk, follow symbolic links to directories.  The
           default behaviour is to follow symbolic link arguments unless
           --no-dereference is given, and to skip symbolic links
           encountered in subdirectories.  Only effective in combination
           with -R.

       -P, --physical
           Physical walk, do not follow symbolic links to directories.
           This also skips symbolic link arguments.  Only effective in
           combination with -R.

           Print the version of getfattr and exit.

           Print help explaining the command line options.

       --  End of command line options.  All remaining parameters are
           interpreted as file names, even if they start with a dash

AUTHOR         top

       Andreas Gruenbacher, <> and the SGI
       XFS development team, <>.

       Please send your bug reports or comments to
       < > or <acl->.

SEE ALSO         top

       setfattr(1), xattr(7)

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Dec 2001                   Extended Attributes               GETFATTR(1)

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