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SELinux libraries and tools are packaged in several Linux distributions:

Building and testing

Build dependencies on Fedora:

# For C libraries and programs
dnf install \
    audit-libs-devel \
    bison \
    bzip2-devel \
    CUnit-devel \
    diffutils \
    flex \
    gcc \
    gettext \
    glib2-devel \
    make \
    libcap-devel \
    libcap-ng-devel \
    pam-devel \
    pcre-devel \

# For Python and Ruby bindings
dnf install \
    python3-devel \
    ruby-devel \

Build dependencies on Debian:

# For C libraries and programs
apt-get install --no-install-recommends --no-install-suggests \
    bison \
    flex \
    gawk \
    gcc \
    gettext \
    make \
    libaudit-dev \
    libbz2-dev \
    libcap-dev \
    libcap-ng-dev \
    libcunit1-dev \
    libglib2.0-dev \
    libpcre3-dev \
    pkgconf \
    python3 \
    python3-distutils \
    systemd \

# For Python and Ruby bindings
apt-get install --no-install-recommends --no-install-suggests \
    python3-dev \
    ruby-dev \

To build and install everything under a private directory, run:

make clean distclean

make DESTDIR=~/obj install install-rubywrap install-pywrap

On Debian PYTHON_SETUP_ARGS=--install-layout=deb needs to be set when installing the python wrappers in order to create the correct python directory structure.

To run tests with the built libraries and programs, several paths (relative to $DESTDIR) need to be added to variables $LD_LIBRARY_PATH, $PATH and $PYTHONPATH. This can be done using ./scripts/env_use_destdir:

DESTDIR=~/obj ./scripts/env_use_destdir make test

Some tests require the reference policy to be installed (for example in python/sepolgen). In order to run these ones, instructions similar to the ones in section install of ./.travis.yml can be executed.

To install as the default system libraries and binaries (overwriting any previously installed ones - dangerous!), on x86_64, run:

make LIBDIR=/usr/lib64 SHLIBDIR=/lib64 install install-pywrap relabel

or on x86 (32-bit), run:

make install install-pywrap relabel

This may render your system unusable if the upstream SELinux userspace lacks library functions or other dependencies relied upon by your distribution. If it breaks, you get to keep both pieces.

Setting CFLAGS

Setting CFLAGS during the make process will cause the omission of many defaults. While the project strives to provide a reasonable set of default flags, custom CFLAGS could break the build, or have other undesired changes on the build output. Thus, be very careful when setting CFLAGS. CFLAGS that are encouraged to be set when overriding are:

  • -fno-semantic-interposition for gcc or compilers that do not do this. clang does this by default. clang-10 and up will support passing this flag, but ignore it. Previous clang versions fail.


To install libsepol on macOS (mainly for policy analysis):

cd libsepol; make PREFIX=/usr/local install

This requires GNU coreutils:

brew install coreutils