HI, I have some files, that I'd like to remove the SELinux context or ACLs from (denoted by a '.' or a '+' respectively when using ls -alZ).

I don't have too much time on my hands to read on the , etc on how to use chcon etc., so I just want to quickly know how to disable them all.

Also, if someone knows a SELinux/ACL Cheat-Sheet, that would be terrific.

Here's a screen shot:

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Notice the dots right after the permission symbols: drwxr-xr-x., etc.

  • What is this ' . ' and ' + ' you are talking about? I don't see anything like that on the -Z specific output of ls. – Jason Axelson Sep 24 '10 at 3:35
  • maybe you don't use Ext4? I'll post an edit shortly, since this isn't getting any replies. – polemon Sep 25 '10 at 19:33

setfacl -b will remove the ACL on a file. setfattr -x security.selinux will remove the SELinux file context, but you will probably have to boot with SELinux completely disabled.


You never stated what you are removing ACL's "from", but if it is a file system, unmounting it and remounting it without the ACL option will do the job quickly.

  • I can't remount my root partition just to remove ACL's, I just want to remove them once from a directory. – polemon Oct 1 '10 at 4:00
  • More details like this in the question would be helpful. – kmarsh Oct 1 '10 at 17:38

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