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Date:   Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:48:48 -0800
From:   Eric Biggers <>
Subject: [PATCH 2/6] chattr.1: adjust documentation for encryption attribute

From: Eric Biggers <>

Adjust the documentation for the encryption attribute ('E') to clarify
that encryption isn't experimental anymore and isn't restricted to
regular files, and that the encryption is done by the filesystem.

Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <>
 misc/ | 5 ++---
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/misc/ b/misc/
index 2122a13e..18b316e3 100644
--- a/misc/
+++ b/misc/
@@ -114,9 +114,8 @@ The 'e' attribute indicates that the file is using extents for mapping
 the blocks on disk.  It may not be removed using
 .BR chattr (1).
-The 'E' attribute is used by the experimental encryption patches to
-indicate that the file has been encrypted.  It may not be
-set or reset using
+A file, directory, or symlink with the 'E' attribute set is encrypted by the
+filesystem.  This attribute may not be set or reset using
 .BR chattr (1),
 although it can be displayed by
 .BR lsattr (1).

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