fixfiles - Unix, Linux Command

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fixfiles - fix file SELinux security contexts.


fixfiles [-F] [ -R rpmpackagename[,rpmpackagename...] ] [ -C PREVIOUS_FILECONTEXT ] [-l logfile ] [-o outputfile ] { check | restore | [-F] relabel | verify }

fixfiles [-F] [-l logfile ] [-o outputfile ] { check | restore|[-f] relabel | verify } [[dir/file] ... ]


This manual page describes the fixfiles script.

This script is primarily used to correct the security context database (extended attributes) on filesystems.

It can also be run at any time to relabel when adding support for new policy, or just check whether the file contexts are all as you expect. By default it will relabel all mounted ext2, ext3, xfs and jfs file systems as long as they do not have a security context mount option. You can use the -R flag to use rpmpackages as an alternative.


-l logfile
  Save the output to the specified logfile
-o outputfile
  Save all files that have file_context that differs from the default, in outputfile.

-F Force reset of context to match file_context for customizable files

-f Don’t prompt for removal of /tmp directory, always remove it.

-R rpmpackagename[,rpmpackagename...]
  Use the rpm database to discover all files within the specified packages and restore the file contexts. (-a will get all files in the RPM database).
  Run a diff on the PREVIOUS_FILECONTEXT file to the currently installed one, and restore the context of all affected files.


One of:
check print any incorrect file context labels, showing old and new context, but do not change them.
  change any incorrect file context labels.
  Prompt for removal of contents of /tmp directory and then change any incorrect file context labels to match the install file_contexts file.
verify List out files with incorrect file context labels, but do not change them.
[[dir/file] ... ]
  List of files or directories trees that you wish to check file context on.


This man page was written by Richard Hally <>. The script was written by Dan Walsh <>


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