Commit a49ca6b9 authored by Glenn Morris's avatar Glenn Morris

Document SELinux support.

* doc/lispref/files.texi (Changing Files): Document SELinux support.
* etc/NEWS: Markup.
parent 182148ee
2012-01-29 Glenn Morris <>
* files.texi (Changing Files): Document SELinux support.
* windows.texi (Window Sizes): Fix typo.
2012-01-28 Chong Yidong <>
......@@ -1480,7 +1480,7 @@ with @code{add-name-to-file} and then deleting @var{filename} has the
same effect as renaming, aside from momentary intermediate states.
@end deffn
@deffn Command copy-file oldname newname &optional ok-if-exists time preserve-uid-gid
@deffn Command copy-file oldname newname &optional ok-if-exists time preserve-uid-gid preserve-selinux
This command copies the file @var{oldname} to @var{newname}. An
error is signaled if @var{oldname} does not exist. If @var{newname}
names a directory, it copies @var{oldname} into that directory,
......@@ -1501,6 +1501,19 @@ usually set to the user running Emacs). If @var{preserve-uid-gid} is
non-@code{nil}, we attempt to copy the user and group ownership of the
file. This works only on some operating systems, and only if you have
the correct permissions to do so.
@cindex SELinux
If the optional argument @var{preserve-selinux} is non-@code{nil}, we
attempt to copy the SELinux@footnote{@samp{Security-Enhanced Linux}
is a kernel feature that allows for finer access controls to be set on
files, and a system security policy to define who can access what.
The functions @code{file-selinux-context} and @code{set-file-selinux-context}
get and set, respectively, the SELinux properties of a file.}
context of the file. For this to work, Emacs must have been built
with libselinux support.
Functions like @code{backup-buffer} use these optional arguments
to preserve information about their input files.
@end deffn
@deffn Command make-symbolic-link filename newname &optional ok-if-exists
......@@ -24,8 +24,10 @@ so we will look at it and add it to the manual.
* Installation Changes in Emacs 24.1
** Configure links against libselinux if it is found.
You can disable this by using --without-selinux.
You can disable this by using --without-selinux. See below for
information on SELinux support.
** By default, the installed Info and man pages are compressed.
......@@ -263,14 +265,17 @@ Emacs.pane.menubar.font: Courier-12
Also, the first dash (which does not indicate anything) is just
displayed as a space.
** Basic SELinux support has been added.
This requires Emacs to be linked with libselinux at build time.
*** Emacs preserves the SELinux file context when backing up, and
optionally when copying files. To this end, copy-file has an extra
optional argument, and backup-buffer and friends include the SELinux
context in their return values.
*** The new functions file-selinux-context and set-file-selinux-context
get and set the SELinux context of a file.
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