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Re: Setting up CVS repository and avoiding Selinux issues?

Daniel J Walsh wrote:
On 04/28/2009 10:07 PM, Daniel B. Thurman wrote:

I am trying to get my CVS repository setup.  Apparently,
it appears that the repository must be in the root directory,
otherwise I get selinux permission denials.

What I tried to do initially was to locate the repository
on a NTFS filesystem for which the context is fusefs
which could not be changed, no matter what I tried.
I got selinux permission errors.

Giving that up, I moved the repository to a ext3 filesystem
located on a separate drive/partition, mounted on /f-App1,
where the repository is located @ /f-App1/Develop/cvs, and did:

cd /f-App1/Develop/
chown -R cvs:cvs cvs
chcon -R -t cvs_data_t cvs
find cvs -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
find cvs -type t -exec chmod 754 {} \;
ln -s /f-App1/Develop/cvs /cvs

and I got selinux complaining that the files are not /cvs rooted.

So I did:

cp -a /f-App1/Develop/cvs  /cvs1
rm -f /cvs
ln -s /cvs1 /cvs

And it worked.

How can I place my repository in a non-rooted, non-standard
repository location and avoid the selinux complaints?

I blogged on your email


Thanks a lot Dan!  I will see what I can do to resolve
my CVS issues.  Please read my posting in reply to Todd
Dennison.  I was asking myself why the "all or nothing
proposition", and about using selinux context with more
flexibility than what we have?  I understand that security
prevails over flexibility but I was wondering if there was
a way to gain more flexibility and yet still retain security?

For example, if multiple context / file was possible, then
one could theoretically traverse from the top of the tree
to allow passage to the leaf of the tree?  Yes I can imagine
it is a bit more complexity, but... if security is not compromised,
then, perhaps it's worth it?

PS: For some reason or another, I am no longer receiving
Fedora SeLinux mailing list postings.  Is the Fedora SeLinux
mailing list still active?

Kind regards,

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