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Re: Odd messages during bootup from gdm

At 11:51 PM -0400 5/4/06, Jim Cornette wrote:
>Tony Nelson wrote:
>> SELinux must be active but not enforcing for it to relabel.

>During the development testing phase, selinux was in a state where
>selinux could not even be in permissive mode for booting a kernel. I
>relabeled the system with SELinux completely disabled and in runlevel 1
>and was able to boot successfully after relabeling the system.
>you could argue that sonce the system goes into relabelling once mode is
>switched from disabled to enabled, either permissive or enforcing,
>relabeling was successful only because of round two relabeling.

Did you relabel with "touch /.autorelabel ; reboot", or with fixfiles etc?

>If my understanding is correct. relabeling is file system related and
>selinux does not need enabled in order to add content to the file
>system. In order to honor the content within the labled file system,
>selinux must be active.

My experience was that if SELinux is disabled it won't do anything,
including relabel on boot.  I did "touch /.autorelabel" and rebooted with
"selinux=0" on the linux command line, and nothing happened; I tried again
with "enforcing=0" instead and the relabel happened.  I haven't tried
restorecon / setfiles / fixfiles.

>If SELinux is active during relabeling, it could prevent file content to
>be added to the filesystem. SELinux governs by the rules written to the
>file system, if I'm on cue.

SELinux has two levels of, umm, "disablement".  In Permissive mode it is
still active and will note any denials in the log without actually
preventing the access, or it can be disabled, in which case it can't do
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