How to test if SELinux is 'running'

John Dennis jdennis at
Thu Oct 11 17:13:17 UTC 2007

Tom London wrote:
> What is the 'approved' method for determining if SELinux is 'running',
> that is, active, and in either enforcing or permissive mode?
> If my feeble memory serves me, there used to be a 'isSELinux' or some
> such, but I can't seem to find this anymore.
> I'd like to modify some scripts to work both with and without SELinux
> active, e.g., vmware.  It is currently testing against the contents of
> /selinux/enforce, but that does not seem right....
> Thanks,
>    tom
selinuxenabled and getenforce should do the trick

John Dennis <jdennis at>

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