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I tar a folder on windows and untar on RHEL machine. ls -l shows a . in file mode and folders are in blue + yellow background.

[root@xt-storage-01 apache-tomcat-8.0.5]# ls -l
total 120
drwxrwxrwx. 2 root root  4096 Jul 24 11:18 bin
drwxrwxrwx. 2 root root  4096 Jul 24 11:18 conf
drwxrwxrwx. 2 root root  4096 Jul 24 11:18 lib

what's the meaning of . at the end of file mode?

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It indicates that those files are with SELinux security context.

From info ls:

Following the file mode bits is a single character that specifies
whether an alternate access method such as an access control list
applies to the file.  When the character following the file mode
bits is a space, there is no alternate access method.  When it is
a printing character, then there is such a method.

GNU `ls' uses a `.' character to indicate a file with an SELinux
security context, but no other alternate access method.

A file with any other combination of alternate access methods is
marked with a `+' character.
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