[PC-BSD Testing] geli & zfs failure in 8.2 and beta 9
jamie.ivanov at gmail.com
Fri Aug 5 20:58:46 PDT 2011
Operating system encryption is vital for my laptop and I have been
missing having freebsd installed on my laptop. Someone suggested
pc-bsd because of the installer options that can do what I want right
off the bat so I thought I would try it.
I downloaded PCBSD8.2-x64-bootonly to try in a VM before deploying to
my laptop. I am using VirtualBox 4.1.0 r73009 with a 20gb virtual hard
disk. I made no special configurations to the VM itself and booted the
image, selected standard pc104 keyboard and etc. I enabled encryption
on the partition screen, entered in my passphrase twice, enabled the
pc-bsd boot loader, and went on my way doing a network install.
Upon successful installation and reboot, I was prompted for the
password to mount the encrypted user partition which is what I had
expected. I entered in my passphrase exactly as typed int he installer
but it would not accept it. 3 times it denied me access.
To rule out a fluke I booted the 8.2 image again and went through the
steps and made sure that I typed in my passphrase perfectly. Same
results upon reboot.
Similar results with using ZFS from the partition screen. Upon
successful installation, a reboot indicated that it could not locate
Now we move on to the 9.0 beta, with the same unfortunate results as
8.2 when it comes to encryption. That's where I stopped.
I have been using freebsd since v4, I am quite familiar with it but I
am no expert by any stretch of the imagination. Encryption is 100%
essential due to the nature of my work and in freebsd, that is
something I am far from familiar with. Having ZFS (in a non-server
role) is just an added benefit. I assume this is a bug, but if I can
answer more questions or be of more service by all means call upon me.
I hope to have this issue resolved as soon as humanly possible so I
can get freebsd on my laptop. I miss fluxbox hacking ;)
Jamie Ivanov / KC9LFD
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