Just getting started with Selinux on a Fedora 27 droplet from Digital Ocean. Apparently the semanage command is not installed by default. Every tutorial I've read refers to this command. I need to set the selinux context for a directory that contains a systemd-nspawn container. Normally we would run something like this:

$ semanage fcontext -a -t svirt_sandbox_file_t "/path/to/mycontainer(/.*)?"
$ restorecon -R /path/to/mycontainer/

Very surprised to find Fedora 27's documentation is not up-to-date on selinux. Just a hodge-podge of old docs and articles that refer primarily to yum packages, stating that the selinux tools are installed by default. All of them refer to the semanage command.

I mean, if I sudo dnf search selinux, a million packages show up, including the policycoreutils packages, which seem to be the ones that most of the tutorials refer to. But I'm more concerned with the lack of information. I thought selinux shipped complete on Fedora.

What am I missing here? Is there another way of setting selinux context? Should semanage work out of the box on Fedora?

  • $ rpm -qf --qf '%{name}\n' $(which semanage) policycoreutils-python-utils Dec 11, 2017 at 4:43
  • You may want to use sestatus to see if SELinux is actually available though. Dec 11, 2017 at 4:44
  • Sestatus shows selinux is enabled. The above command outputs error: no such file or directory.
    – user223600
    Dec 11, 2017 at 13:19
  • I can easily dnf install the policycoreutils packages but as mentioned, I thought selinux was ready to go on Fedora so I assumed that I was missing something. Take care.
    – user223600
    Dec 11, 2017 at 14:12
  • Yes, you're missing the package I indicated... Dec 11, 2017 at 14:53

1 Answer 1


On my installation vm (Not on DO) I simply did the following:

1 - [sudo] yum provides semanage
policycoreutils-python-utils-2.7-4.fc27.x86_64 : SELinux policy core python utilities
Repo        : @System
Matched from:
Filename    : /usr/sbin/semanage

2 - [sudo] yum install policycoreutils-python-utils-2.7-4.fc27.x86_64

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