The blessing and the curse that is SELinux. Stop turning it off.

Get the right tools

yum install setroubleshoot-server selinux-policy-devel

Checking the current mode


Edit /etc/sysconfig/selinux to switch modes. Enabled or Disabled

Switching modes requires a reboot

setenforce 0 Set to permissive

setenforce 1 Set to enforce

Context labels

  • user
  • role
  • type

Finding issues:

SELinux logs to /var/log/audit/audit.log and /var/log/messages

grep AVC /var/log/audit/audit.log

Use semanage to change context labels.

Monitor/View SELinux on many commands with -Z option.

man semanage-fcontext has useful examples


A boolean is an on/off-switch for a specific functionality.

Use getsebool -a for an overview

Use setsebool [-P] to change booleans

Use touch /.autorelabel to apply default context to all files and directories.

Use restorecon -R to apply default context to files and directories