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SETFATTR(1)                     File Utilities                     SETFATTR(1)



NAME
       setfattr - set extended attributes of filesystem objects

SYNOPSIS
       setfattr [-h] -n name [-v value] pathname...
       setfattr [-h] -x name pathname...
       setfattr [-h] --restore=file

DESCRIPTION
       The setfattr command associates a new value with an extended attribute name for each specified file.

   OPTIONS
       -n name, --name=name
           Specifies the name of the extended attribute to set.

       -v value, --value=value
           Specifies  the  new  value  of  the  extended attribute. There are three methods available for encoding the
           value.  If the given string is enclosed in double quotes, the inner string is  treated  as  text.  In  that
           case,  backslashes and double quotes have special meanings and need to be escaped by a preceding backslash.
           Any control characters can be encoded as a backslash followed by three digits as its ASCII code  in  octal.
           If  the  given  string  begins with 0x or 0X, it expresses a hexadecimal number. If the given string begins
           with 0s or 0S, base64 encoding is expected.  See also the --encoding option of getfattr(1).

       -x name, --remove=name
           Remove the named extended attribute entirely.

       -h, --no-dereference
           Do not follow symlinks.  If pathname is a symbolic link, it is not followed,  but  is  instead  itself  the
           inode being modified.

       --restore=file
           Restores  extended  attributes from file.  The file must be in the format generated by the getfattr command
           with the --dump option.  If a dash (-) is given as the file name, setfattr reads from standard input.

       --version
           Print the version of setfattr and exit.

       --help
           Print help explaining the command line options.

       --  End of command line options.  All remaining parameters are interpreted as file names, even  if  they  start
           with a dash character.

AUTHOR
       Andreas Gruenbacher, <a.gruenbacherATbestbits.at> and the SGI XFS development team, <linux-xfsAToss.com>.

       Please send your bug reports or comments to these addresses.

SEE ALSO
       getfattr(1), and attr(5).



Dec 2001                      Extended Attributes                  SETFATTR(1)