attr_off - Linux


attr_off is a powerful tool used to remove extended attributes from files on Linux systems. These attributes provide additional metadata about the file, such as access control lists (ACLs), file creation and modification timestamps, and more. By removing these attributes, attr_off can simplify file management, improve security, and increase storage efficiency.


attr_off [-a] [-h] [-d] [-s] [-v] <file>...


  • -a: Recursively remove extended attributes from all files and directories in a given path.
  • -h: Display help information.
  • -d: Dry run mode. Print the extended attributes that would be removed without actually modifying the files.
  • -s: Silent mode. Suppress all output except for errors.
  • -v: Verbose mode. Display additional information about the operation.


  • Remove extended attributes from a single file:
attr_off myfile.txt
  • Recursively remove extended attributes from a directory:
attr_off -a /path/to/directory
  • Dry run to check file modifications:
attr_off -d myfile.txt

Common Issues

  • Error: Permission denied: Ensure you have sufficient permissions to modify the file or directory.
  • Error: File not found: Verify that the specified file or directory exists and is accessible.
  • Error: Invalid argument: Check the syntax of the command and ensure all arguments are correct.


attr_off can be integrated with other commands to enhance its functionality:

  • find and xargs: Search for files with specific extended attributes and pass them to attr_off for removal.
  • lsattr and grep: List extended attributes and filter results to identify files with specific attributes.

Related Commands

  • chattr: Modify extended attributes.
  • getfattr: Retrieve extended attributes.
  • setfattr: Set extended attributes.