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50.2.13. Changing to a Different Role

You use the newrole command to run a new shell with the specified type and/or role. Changing roles is typically only meaningful in the strict policy; the targeted policy is generally restricted to a single role. Changing types may be useful for testing, validation, and development purposes.
newrole -r <role_r> -t <type_t> [-- [ARGS]...]
The ARGS are passed directly to the shell specified in the user's entry in the /etc/passwd file.


The newrole command is part of the policycoreutils-newrole package, which is required if you install the strict or MLS policy. It is not installed by default in Red Hat Enterprise Linux.