fremovexattr - Linux


fremovexattr is a Linux command used to remove extended file attributes. Extended attributes are arbitrary name-value pairs that can be associated with files or directories, allowing for additional information to be stored beyond the standard file metadata.


fremovexattr [-f] [-h] [-x] attribute-name file...


  • -f, –force: Ignore errors and remove the attributes even if there are failures.
  • -h, –help: Display usage information.
  • -x, –no-dereference: Do not follow symbolic links while removing attributes.


  • Remove an extended attribute named "user.comment" from a file:
fremovexattr user.comment file.txt
  • Remove all extended attributes from a file, ignoring any errors:
fremovexattr -f file.txt
  • Remove extended attributes from multiple files without following symbolic links:
fremovexattr -x user.comment file1.txt file2.txt

Common Issues

  • Permission denied: Ensure that you have sufficient permissions to modify the extended attributes of the specified files.
  • Attribute not found: The specified attribute may not exist for the given file.
  • Invalid attribute name: Attribute names must follow the Extended Attribute Namespace (EA Namespace) conventions and cannot contain certain special characters.


fremovexattr can be used in conjunction with the getfattr command to manage extended attributes. For example, to remove all extended attributes that start with "user." from a directory, you can use the following command:

find directory -print0 | xargs -0 getfattr -d user.* | grep -v '^$' | cut -d':' -f1 | xargs -0 fremovexattr -f

Related Commands

  • getfattr: Retrieve extended file attributes.
  • setfattr: Set extended file attributes.
  • listxattr: List extended file attributes.