Partition naming, fstab, and geli

RW rwmaillists at
Mon Nov 16 15:09:27 UTC 2009

On Sun, 15 Nov 2009 19:23:15 -0700
David Allen <the.real.david.allen at> wrote:

> 2.  My second question is in regards to using the 'xx' fstype to have
> the system ignore that device.
> Consider, for example, a geli encrypted partition.  The .eli device
> doesn't exist at boot time.  I discovered by accident that the system
> won't boot with an fstab entry for a device that doesn't exist.  So
> if I was to record an entry in fstab, I couldn't use
>     /dev/ad1e.eli  /home/david/private  ufs  rw  0  0

geli partitions can exist at mount time, but you either have to be
present at the console to type-in the pass-phrase or configure it to
use a passfile.

If you attach your geli-partitions manually then you can either set
the fstab entries to noauto, or omit them altogether.

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