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checkpolicy \- SELinux policy compiler
.B checkpolicy
.I "[\-b[F]] [\-C] [\-d] [\-U handle_unknown (allow,deny,reject)] [\-M] [\-c policyvers] [\-o output_file|\-] [\-S] [\-t target_platform (selinux,xen)] [\-O] [\-E] [\-V] [input_file]"
This manual page describes the
.BR checkpolicy
.B checkpolicy
is a program that checks and compiles a SELinux security policy configuration
into a binary representation that can be loaded into the kernel. If no
input file name is specified,
.B checkpolicy
will attempt to read from policy.conf or policy, depending on whether the \-b
flag is specified.
.B \-b,\-\-binary
Read an existing binary policy file rather than a source policy.conf file.
.B \-F,\-\-conf
Write policy.conf file rather than binary policy file. Can only be used with binary policy file.
.B \-C,\-\-cil
Write CIL policy file rather than binary policy file.
.B \-d,\-\-debug
Enter debug mode after loading the policy.
.B \-U,\-\-handle-unknown <action>
Specify how the kernel should handle unknown classes or permissions (deny, allow or reject).
.B \-M,\-\-mls
Enable the MLS policy when checking and compiling the policy.
.B \-c policyvers
Specify the policy version, defaults to the latest.
.B \-o,\-\-output filename
Write a policy file (binary, policy.conf, or CIL policy)
to the specified filename. If - is given as filename,
write it to standard output.
.B \-S,\-\-sort
Sort ocontexts before writing out the binary policy. This option makes output of checkpolicy consistent with binary policies created by semanage and secilc.
.B \-t,\-\-target
Specify the target platform (selinux or xen).
.B \-O,\-\-optimize
Optimize the final kernel policy (remove redundant rules).
.B \-E,\-\-werror
Treat warnings as errors
.B \-V,\-\-version
Show version information.
.B \-h,\-\-help
Show usage information.
SELinux Reference Policy documentation at
This manual page was written by Árpád Magosányi <>,
and edited by Stephen Smalley <>.
The program was written by Stephen Smalley <>.