I roughly followed these instructions: http://library.linode.com/web-applications/analytics/webalizer/centos-5 to install and configure webalizer to run on several VirtualHosts. Unfortunately when i try and run:

webalizer -n site.net -o /var/www/webalizer /etc/httpd/logs/site.net-apache_log

I get:

Error: Can't open log file /etc/httpd/logs/site.net-apache_log

But after running:

echo 0 > /selinux/enforce

It works.

How can i tell selinux to allow webalizer to run?


[root@web-01 logs]# ls -lZ
-rw-r--r--. root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_log_t:s0 access_log
-rw-r--r--. root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_log_t:s0 error_log
-rw-r--r--. root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_log_t:s0 tt.net-access_log
-rw-r--r--. root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_log_t:s0 tt.net-error_log
-rw-r--r--. root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_log_t:s0 ck.tt.net-access_log
-rw-r--r--. root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_log_t:s0 ck.tt.net-error_log


[root@web-01 ~]# service --status-all
auditd (pid  1132) is running...

[root@web-01 ~]# /opt/webalizerScript.sh 
Error: Can't open log file /etc/httpd/logs/tt.net-access_log
Error: Can't open log file /etc/httpd/logs/ck.tt.net-access_log

[root@web-01 ~]# audit2allow -w -a
<no matches>
  • What user is webalizer running as, and what's the output of ls -lZ on the log files? (Please add this to the question.) Aug 27, 2012 at 21:01
  • i've added the output of ls -lZ. webalizer runs via cron- my linux knowledge isn't great- but i think that means it runs as root? Aug 27, 2012 at 21:05

2 Answers 2


Use audit2allow to determine why webalizer was blocked and to build a local SELinux policy module to allow webalizer to access the necessary files.

Red Hat's SELinux Troubleshooting Guide has detailed steps on this process.

  • there are no entries in /var/log/audit/audit.log, the command audit2allow doesn't exist & yum install audit2allow says there is no package available. Any ideas? Aug 28, 2012 at 9:06
  • Install them? yum install audit policycoreutils-python Aug 28, 2012 at 9:08
  • policycoreutils-python fixed the missing audit2allow but no entries appear when webalizer runs/fails? Aug 28, 2012 at 9:19
  • You didn't have the auditd service running. Start it and try again from the beginning. Aug 28, 2012 at 9:25
  • added to my original question. i retried the troublesome command with auditd running- still nothing :( thanks for keeping trying- appreciate it Aug 28, 2012 at 9:29

I encountered the same problem to run webalizer on a log I created by combining 2 httpd logs (access_log and ssl_acces_log concatened and sorted by date). It was perfectly running with either of the 2 files, but with the combination of both, i got the "Can't open log file" mesasge.

There was no trace of any error in the audit.log, as for Lee.

However, by executing this command:

chcon --type=httpd_log_t /var/log/combined-httpd.log

webalizer was finally authorized to read the file...

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