[refpolicy] Changing build.conf defaults?

Justin P. mattock justinmattock at gmail.com
Fri Feb 19 12:54:53 CST 2010

On 02/19/2010 10:43 AM, Christopher J. PeBenito wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-02-19 at 02:34 -0800, Justin P. Mattock wrote:
>> On Fri, 2010-02-19 at 13:25 -0500, Christopher J. PeBenito wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2010-02-19 at 13:00 -0500, Stephen Smalley wrote:
>>>> I was wondering whether it would make sense to change the refpolicy
>>>> build.conf defaults to more closely reflect the actual settings in use
>>>> in modern distributions.  In particular, I was thinking that we are long
>>>> past the point where it makes sense to make MONOLITHIC=n the default
>>>> given that:
>>>> - all modern distros with SELinux use modular/managed policy, and
>>>> - semodule, semanage, and even setsebool -P will only work if using
>>>> modular/managed policy these days.
>>>> Changing the default would eliminate at least one case of common user
>>>> error when building from upstream refpolicy on a modern distribution.
>>>> Any objections to changing that default upstream?
>>> I don't.  But I'll wait for a while before changing it to see if anyone
>>> objects.
>> no objections here.
>> building a binary policy is easier
>> than monolithic(especially in a distro environment).
>> i.g. no need for the source to add user/login
>> just semanage.
> One thing that I had always hoped was that semanage_expand would be able
> to output all of the necessary files, so that a monolithic build in
> refpolicy would just be a superset of modular build.  In other words, a
> monolithic refpolicy build would build a modular policy then link and
> expand the modules.  Then a lot of the makefile complexity could be
> dropped.  However, semodule_expand doesn't output file_contexts, at a
> minimum.

been using monolithic for a while, and just sat down
and got the whole binary build up and running
(still a bit hazzy with the user/login).

but in regards to what(hopefully I'm seeing this)your saying
is if loading a monolithic have semanage have the ability to
example: /usr/sbin/semanage -DB to a monolithic and/or adjust user/login.
just like binary without the need for the source.
(well need for the source to do the initial install)

if so.. that would be nice, i.g. with the suse thing
they have monolithic(if above was possible)I would not have had to
download any source to add login/user etc... just make the changes there 
on the spot like binary.

Justin P. Mattock

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