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semanage-fcontext(8)                                    semanage-fcontext(8)

NAME         top

       semanage-fcontext - SELinux Policy Management file context tool

SYNOPSIS         top

       semanage fcontext [-h] [-n] [-N] [-S STORE] [ --add ( -t TYPE -f
       FTYPE -r RANGE -s SEUSER | -e EQUAL ) FILE_SPEC ) | --delete ( -t
       TYPE -f FTYPE | -e EQUAL ) FILE_SPEC ) | --deleteall | --extract |
       --list [-C] | --modify ( -t TYPE -f FTYPE -r RANGE -s SEUSER | -e
       EQUAL ) FILE_SPEC ) ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       semanage is used to configure certain elements of SELinux policy
       without requiring modification to or recompilation from policy
       sources.  semanage fcontext is used to  manage the default file
       system labeling on an SELinux system.  This command maps file paths
       using regular expressions to SELinux labels.

OPTIONS         top

       -h, --help
              show this help message and exit

       -n, --noheading
              Do not print heading when listing the specified object type

       -N, --noreload
              Do not reload policy after commit

       -C, --locallist
              List local customizations

       -S STORE, --store STORE
              Select an alternate SELinux Policy Store to manage

       -a, --add
              Add a record of the specified object type

       -d, --delete
              Delete a record of the specified object type

       -m, --modify
              Modify a record of the specified object type

       -l, --list
              List records of the specified object type

       -E, --extract
              Extract customizable commands, for use within a transaction

       -D, --deleteall
              Remove all local customizations

       -e EQUAL, --equal EQUAL
              Substitute target path with sourcepath when generating default
              label. This is used with fcontext. Requires source and target
              path arguments. The context labeling for the target subtree is
              made equivalent to that defined for the source.

       -f [{a,f,d,c,b,s,l,p}], --ftype [{a,f,d,c,b,s,l,p}]
              File Type. This is used with fcontext. Requires a file type as
              shown in the mode field by ls, e.g. use 'd' to match only
              directories or 'f' to match only regular files. The following
              file type options can be passed: f (regular file),d
              (directory),c (character device), b (block device),s
              (socket),l (symbolic link),p (named pipe).  If you do not
              specify a file type, the file type will default to "all

       -s SEUSER, --seuser SEUSER
              SELinux user name

       -t TYPE, --type TYPE
              SELinux Type for the object

       -r RANGE, --range RANGE
              MLS/MCS Security Range (MLS/MCS Systems only) SELinux Range
              for SELinux login mapping defaults to the SELinux user record
              range. SELinux Range for SELinux user defaults to s0.

EXAMPLE         top

       remember to run restorecon after you set the file context
       Add file-context for everything under /web
       # semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_content_t "/web(/.*)?"
       # restorecon -R -v /web

       Substitute /home1 with /home when setting file context
       # semanage fcontext -a -e /home /home1
       # restorecon -R -v /home1

       For home directories under top level directory, for example /disk6/home,
       execute the following commands.
       # semanage fcontext -a -t home_root_t "/disk6"
       # semanage fcontext -a -e /home /disk6/home
       # restorecon -R -v /disk6

SEE ALSO         top

       selinux(8), semanage(8)

AUTHOR         top

       This man page was written by Daniel Walsh <>

COLOPHON         top

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