RPM and file extended attributes

Chad Sellers csellers at tresys.com
Thu Oct 22 20:15:42 UTC 2009

On 10/22/09 2:31 PM, "Mangalampalli, JayantX"
<jayantx.mangalampalli at intel.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Is it possible to preserve file¹s extended attributes in RPM packages? I have
> some files that I want packaged and they have some EAs (like security.selinux
> etc) that I wish to preserve when installing them elsewhere. Can RPM be
> configured to preserve them? I could not find any options that help do that.
At least in the SELinux case, I don't believe what you want is possible. RPM
consults the installed SELinux policy to determine what the new files
security context on disk should be. So, a file's security context will
always be what the end system's policy says it should be, not the context of
the file on the packager's system.

Hope that helps,
Chad Sellers 

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