- Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the Resilient Storage Add-On
Useful References and Guides
- Support Policies for RHEL Resilient Storage Clusters
- GFS2 in RHEL 7 - Usage Considerations: SELinux on
This policy guide describes Red Hat's policies around the usage of SELinux with
gfs2 filesystems. Users of
gfs2 should adhere to these policies in order to be eligible for support from Red Hat with the appropriate product support subscriptions.
Supported releases of
gfs2 with SELinux: Red Hat only supports use of
gfs2 on systems where SELinux is enabled (either enforcing or permissive) in RHEL 8, or RHEL 7 Update 4 or later - that is with
kernel-3.10.0-693.el7 or later.
Red Hat does not support usage of
gfs2 with SELinux enabled in RHEL 6.
Mount-time requirement for
gfs2 with SELinux enabled: When using
gfs2 on a system that has SELinux enabled, that
gfs2 filesystem should be mounted with the
context option to define the context of all directories and files on that filesystem - as demonstrated in the
- NOTE: This
contextmount option is known to create some problems with
gfs2-related utilities in RHEL 7 Update 1 and earlier. Red Hat has only validated proper functionality with the use of
contextand SELinux being enabled in RHEL 8 and RHEL 7 Update 4 and later - so it is important to abide by the above Supported releases policy.
Performance considerations without
context option: In any release of RHEL Resilient Storage, if a
gfs2 filesystem is mounted without the
context option, it may be afflicted by suboptimal performance.
gfs2's design incurs additional overhead in a variety of file operations when an inode's
xattr must be accessed - which is the case if SELinux is enabled. The use of the
context option as described above causes the kernel VFS to set static information in-memory for an inode's
xattr, preventing those structures from having to be manipulated in
Red Hat cannot recommend or assist with usage of
gfs2 with SELinux enabled where
context is not specified, as a result of these performance concerns.