[PC-BSD Testing] geli & zfs failure in 8.2 and beta 9

Jamie Ivanov jamie.ivanov at gmail.com
Mon Aug 8 10:32:08 PDT 2011

I would much rather use 8.2 if at all possible due to the fact that
freebsd 9 is still in beta. Would that line work just as well there

Jamie Ivanov / KC9LFD
Blackberry: 32DD619E
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On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 4:47 AM, Lars Engels <lars.engels at 0x20.net> wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Aug 2011 22:58:46 -0500, Jamie Ivanov wrote:
>> 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
>> the kernel.
>> 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 ;)
> In the 9.0 BETA please add this to /boot/loader.conf:
> kern.geom.eli.visible_passphrase=2
> Now you should see a * for every key you type. On some machines, the kernel
> doesn't take every keypress, so perhaps you're running into that issue. Just
> try to enter the key again until it gets recognized. (Annoying, but
> works...)
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