chkstat − Tool to check and set file permissions


chkstat [OPTIONS] <permission-files...>

chkstat −−system [OPTIONS] <files...>


The program /usr/bin/chkstat is a tool to check and set file permissions.

chkstat can either operate in system mode or on individually specified permission files. In system mode /etc/permissions/security determines which level to use and whether to actually apply permission changes.


Run in system mode. Parses /etc/sysconfig/security to determine which security level to use (PERMISSION_SECURITY) and whether to set or merely warn about permission changes (CHECK_PERMISSIONS). In system mode non-option arguments refer to files. Ie just as if the −−examine option was specified for them.


Actually apply the file permissions. The default is to check and warn only unless in system mode where CHECK_PERMISSIONS specifies the default behavior.


Opposite of --set, ie warn only but don’t make actual changes


Omit printing the output header lines.

−−fscaps, −−no−fscaps

Enable or disable use of fscaps. In system mode the setting of PERMISSIONS_FSCAPS determines whether fscaps are on or off when this option is not set.

−−examine file

Check permissions for this file instead of all files listed in the permissions files.

−−files filelist

Check permissions for the files listed in filelist and instead of all files listed in the permissions files.

−−root directory

Check files relative to the specified directory.


chkstat --set /etc/permissions /etc/

parses the files /etc/permissions and /etc/permissions and sets the access mode and the user- and group memberships for each file listed.

chkstat --system /bin/ping

Run in system mode and only correct permissions of /bin/ping




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Useful changes and additions by Tobias Burnus


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