Bug 163683 - amanda seems to lack SELinux support
amanda seems to lack SELinux support
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: amanda (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Daniel Novotny
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2005-07-20 05:08 EDT by Patrick C. F. Ernzer
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-08-25 03:38:31 EDT
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Description Patrick C. F. Ernzer 2005-07-20 05:08:44 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050524 Fedora/1.0.4-4 Firefox/1.0.4

Description of problem:
As RHEL4 has support for SELinux and we enable it by default, we should make sure we can back up and restore a machine which has SELinux enabled.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. grab amanda-2.4.4p3-1 source rpm
2. install said srpm
3. look at the ./configure line in the spec file

Actual Results:  --with-gnutar=/bin/tar

Expected Results:  --with-gnutar=/usr/bin/star
or pax

AFAIK these are the only tow options to back up SELinux flags.

IIRC the consenss on tech-list was that while both are not perfect, pax is preferable.

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Comment 1 Jay Fenlason 2005-07-20 10:11:58 EDT
The last time I tried, neither star or pax included gnutar's incremental 
backup functionality, which Amanda uses.  Therefore, before Amanda can use 
either of them, their functionality will have to be improved.  On 
fenlason-rhide.boston.redhat.com, the command Amanda used was: 
/bin/tar: gtar --create --file - --directory / --one-file-system 
/var/lib/amanda/gnutar-lists/fenlason-rhide.boston.redhat.com__0.new --sparse 
--ignore-failed-read --totals --exclude-from 
/var/log/amanda/sendbackup._.20050719025115.exclude . 
Neither pax or star will accept these options.  Submit an enhancement request 
against pax or star (or both) to accept these options.  Or submit an 
enhancement request against dump or tar to support EAs and ACLs. 
I had forseen this difficulty and was working on a new archiver called ATDS to 
be used as a back end for Amanda to deal with this (and some other) problems.  
Unfortunatly, laroche told me to stop working on it, and I haven't had any 
free time to work on it at home. . . 
This should probably be CLOSED->NOTAMANDASBUG but I'm going to leave it open 
as a placeholder. 
Comment 2 Patrick C. F. Ernzer 2005-07-20 12:15:07 EDT

I have opened an RFE for both pax (163715) and star (163716).

As I have no customer request so far I did not open a FZ.

Feel free to close this one, as CLOSED->NOTAMANDASBUG
Comment 4 Daniel Novotny 2008-08-25 03:38:14 EDT
OK, closing

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