selinux config question

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – So I have a question. The problem was solved but I don't like how I solved it. I rebooted my Fedora 12 server. I have a symlink in my /var/html directory pointing to the mount point on an NTFS drive and after reboot, this symlink was returning a 403 Forbidden in the browser. I remember googling this problem for days before but couldn't remember the fix until I found something involving selinux in the error log. I remembered I had to go into the config file, set SELINUX=permissive and reboot. But my question is, if I did this before, why did I have to do it again? Did the original reboot (HowTos)