Booting a GELI encrypted hard disk

Daniel Marsh jahilliya at
Wed Oct 10 08:11:53 PDT 2007

On 10/10/07, Steve Bertrand <iaccounts at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am voraciously attempting to get a FreeBSD system to boot from a GELI
> encrypted hard disk, but am having problems.
> All of my searches lead to the same problem...GELI passphrase can not be
> entered correctly upon boot. I have tried everything I have found on the
> web (including disabling 'kbdmux' in the kernel) to no avail.
> Is there any chance that anyone here has found a resolution to this
> problem, in the 6.x branch, and if not, has it been looked/resolved
> within -current?
> Does anyone have a suggestion for a workaround?

You could always use a key without a passphrase... unsafe as it is, put the
key on a usb device that you remove once the machine has booted?

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