When I first worked with SELinux I was surprised that the management program was not installed together with it.
Once I found out that the program to manage the SELinux rules is called “semanage”, I tried to find a package of the same name in the yum repositories, but I could not find it. So I had to find a way to find which package provided the file I needed, and I was happy to find that that yum provides an easy way to find a file that is provided within a package:
$ yum provides */semanage
With thiscommand we search for packages that contain a file called “semanage” in whatever path. That way we get a list of packages and the lines that match the file we are looking for. In my case the result looks like this:
libsemanage-devel-2.0.43-4.2.el6.x86_64 : Header files and libraries used to build policy manipulation tools Repo : base Matched from: Filename : /usr/include/semanage policycoreutils-python-2.0.83-19.30.el6.x86_64 : SELinux policy core python utilities Repo : installed Matched from: Filename : /usr/sbin/semanage
As I am not looking for an include file but for an executable, the package with semanage in the path /usr/sbin/ seems to be the one I am looking for, and as I have now the name of the package I can easily install it using the following command:
$ yum install policycoreutils-python
The version number can safely be skipped when installing the package.
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