attr_remove - Linux


attr_remove is a command-line tool for removing extended file attributes associated with a file or directory. Extended attributes provide a way to store additional metadata about files and directories beyond the traditional attributes supported by the underlying filesystem.


attr_remove [-f] [-R] [-v] <pattern> [<file>...]


  • -f: Forcefully remove extended attributes, even if the user does not have write permissions.
  • -R: Recursively remove extended attributes from all files and directories within the specified directory.
  • -v: Enable verbose mode to display the names of files and directories where extended attributes were removed.


  • Remove a specific extended attribute from a file:

    attr_remove my_attribute /path/to/file
  • Recursively remove all extended attributes from a directory:

    attr_remove -R /path/to/directory
  • Forcefully remove extended attributes from a file, even if the user does not have write permissions:

    attr_remove -f my_attribute /path/to/file

Common Issues

  • If the specified file or directory does not exist or is inaccessible, attr_remove will report an error.
  • If the user does not have sufficient permissions to remove the extended attributes, attr_remove will fail unless the -f flag is used.


attr_remove can be combined with other commands to perform more complex tasks. For example:

find /path/to/directory -type f -name "*.txt" | xargs attr_remove my_attribute

This command will search for all .txt files in the specified directory and remove the my_attribute extended attribute from each one.

Related Commands

  • getfattr: Retrieve extended file attributes
  • setfattr: Set extended file attributes
  • lsattr: List extended file attributes