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matchpathcon(8)      SELinux Command Line documentation      matchpathcon(8)

NAME         top

       matchpathcon - get the default SELinux security context for the spec‐
       ified path from the file contexts configuration

SYNOPSIS         top

       matchpathcon [-V] [-N] [-n] [-m type] [-f file_contexts_file] [-p
       prefix] [-P policy_root_path] filepath...

DESCRIPTION         top

       matchpathcon queries the system policy and outputs the default
       security context associated with the filepath.

       Note: Identical paths can have different security contexts, depending
       on the file type (regular file, directory, link file, char file ...).

       matchpathcon will also take the file type into consideration in
       determining the default security context if the file exists.  If the
       file does not exist, no file type matching will occur.

OPTIONS         top

       -m type
              Force file type for the lookup.  Valid types are file, dir,
              pipe, chr_file, blk_file, lnk_file, sock_file.

       -n     Do not display path.

       -N     Do not use translations.

       -f file_context_file
              Use alternate file_context file

       -p prefix
              Use prefix to speed translations

       -P policy_root_path
              Use alternate policy root path

       -V     Verify file context on disk matches defaults

AUTHOR         top

       This manual page was written by Dan Walsh <>.

SEE ALSO         top

       selinux(8), matchpathcon(3)

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