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NAME checkpolicy - SELinux policy compiler

SYNOPSIS checkpolicy [-b] [-d] [-M] [-c policyvers] [-o output_file] [input_file]

DESCRIPTION This manual page describes the checkpolicy command.

checkpolicy is a program that checks and compiles a SELinux security policy config- uration into a binary representation that can be loaded into the kernel. If no input file name is specified, checkpolicy will attempt to read from policy.conf or policy, depending on whether the -b flag is specified.

OPTIONS -b Read an existing binary policy file rather than a source policy.conf file.

-d Enter debug mode after loading the policy.

-M Enable the MLS policy when checking and compiling the policy.

-o filename Write a binary policy file to the specified filename.

-c policyvers Specify the policy version, defaults to the latest.

SEE ALSO SELinux documentation at, especially "Config- uring the SELinux Policy".

AUTHOR This manual page was written by Arpad Magosanyi <>, and edited by Stephen Smalley <>. The program was written by Stephen Smalley <>.