how restore an unencrypted dump on an encrypted file system?

s m sam.gh1986 at
Sun Sep 30 08:09:28 UTC 2012

thanks saeedeh

OK i try to explain what i have done more in detail.

i want to restore unencrypted dump files on an encrypted file system.
in order to do that, i encrypted my file system by geli command and
sure that is done correctly because when i install base and kernel on
it, freebsd start up successfully.

problem is here: when i restore my dump files and restart my freebsd,
boot PXE menu is shown and i select my freebsd but after that, the
error message "invalid format" occurs and i see this message:
 >> FreeBSD/i386 BOOT
     Default: 0:ad(0,a)/boot/loader

it selects the default kernel correctly and after some seconds an
error message is shown which consists of some hardware addresses.

i don't know how to fix it.
any hints that might fix my problem are appreciated.

On 9/30/12, saeedeh motlagh <saeedeh.motlagh at> wrote:
> hi
> i have a similar problem too.  can you explain in detail what you have
> done step by step? i wanna know if my problem is exactly what you
> have.
> thanks
> On 9/29/12, s m <sam.gh1986 at> wrote:
>> thanks Fabian for your answer. i don't know what exactly information
>> is needed but i tell what i did up to now.
>> i have two partition, one is encrypted and the other one is not. the
>> unencrypted partition has boot folder. when i copy FreeBSD base system
>> files, FreeBSD start up correctly but when i restore dump files,
>> FreeBSD doesn't start up correctly.
>> i hope this information help to understand what is wrong.
>> thanks
>> On 9/29/12, Fabian Keil <freebsd-listen at> wrote:
>>> s m <sam.gh1986 at> wrote:
>>>> I backed up my freeBSD 8.2 box by dump command and now want to restore
>>>> this dump file on an encrypted file system (i used geli to encrypt my
>>>> file system) but do not know how to do that.
>>>> is there any way or command to restore an unencrypted dump on an
>>>> encrypted file system? i tried to restore my dump file as when file
>>>> system is unencrypted.
>>> Can you read the files after attaching the provider manually?
>>>> this is what i've doe: I decrypted my encrypted file system by "geli
>>>> attach" command, then mount it and restore dumps. but when i restart
>>>> my system, FreeBSD doesn't start up correctly (PXE boot menu is shown
>>>> and when i select freeBSD, boot.config runs but nothing happend).
>>> You do not provide enough information to give a meaningful answer.
>>> One possible mistake would be putting the kernel itself on
>>> the encrypted file system, but the list of things one can
>>> do wrong is pretty long.
>>> Fabian
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