differences between setfiles and restorecon? repeat of old thread?

Stephen Smalley sds at tycho.nsa.gov
Mon Aug 29 13:42:14 UTC 2005

On Sat, 2005-08-27 at 12:58 -0700, Tom London wrote:
> 'setfiles -v /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts /' did
> the right thing. 
> [Its almost as if restorecon is using the 'real' full pathname (with
> leading /mnt), and setfiles is using the 'chroot'ed' pathname (without
> the leading /mnt).]

BTW, I'm not sure what you mean by the above.  setfiles does accept a -r
option to specify an alternate root path, so you can apply it to a
chroot setup without running it chroot'd itself.  But without that
option, I wouldn't have expected it to touch /mnt at all, especially as
file_contexts marks it <<none>>.

Stephen Smalley
National Security Agency

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