[svlug] Fdisk and Luks partition

Robert Freiberger rfreiberger at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 12:50:44 PST 2012

I don't have my computer in front of me but I do have the password file in
the /etc/crypttab file. The strange thing is I'm able to have another Luks
partition mount correctly but this new one is having problems. Earlier, I
had the same problem and changed the fsck setting, it was 4 and changed it
to 2, which allowed the system to boot correctly. After that, the Luks
partition was mounting correctly and working.

It's not super important and I working on the issue now, but rather not
skip over the topic for the exam.


On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM, Marc MERLIN <marc_news at merlins.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 10:36:08PM -0800, Robert Freiberger wrote:
> > I'm studying for the RHCSA exam and having a hard time fully
> understanding
> > how to setup a Linux Unified Key Setup partition to mount at boot time.
> >
> > While I can mount the LUKS partition manually, I seem to have a problem
> > adjusting the FSCK settings on /etc/fstab. Typically I add the
> information
> > using the UUID of the disk, the mount point, ext4, defaults, 1, 2. But
> upon
> > boot, I see the following error.
> >
> > "fsck.ext4: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open
> /dev/sde1
> > /dev/sde1:
> > The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2
> > filesystem. "
> And were is the decryption key supposed to come from?
> You need to setup /etc/crypttab, have it decrypt the partition
> automatically
> at boot, one way or another.
> Only then can you put /dev/mapper/decryptedname in /etc/fstab.
> Don't ask me about all the ways to autodecrypt, I have my own that is
> specific to my use case, and the rest is in the man page/included docs and
> dmcrypt howto I believe :)
> Marc
> --
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Robert Freiberger
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