Not mounting a zpool at boot

Dean E. Weimer dweimer at
Mon Jan 23 21:49:23 UTC 2017

On 2017-01-23 3:23 pm, Erwan David wrote:
> Le 01/23/2017 à 22:20, Erwan David a écrit :
>> Hi,
>> I have a machine (11-RELEASE) with 2 pools, one encrypted with the
>                                                   UNencrypted
>> system and one encrypted with data. I want to boot without having to
>> enter passphrase then ssh to the machine to import the encrypted pool.
>> I put geli_devices="" in /etc/rc.conf in order to prevent the 
>> passphrase
>> question, but to no avail, system still asks it. How can I boot 
>> without
>> importing the encrypted pool, nor giving the passphrase (US keyboard 
>> is
>> unsuitable for this).

Do you have geom_eli_load="YES" set in your /boot/loader.conf? If you 
don't want to load the GELI volumes I think you can simply remove that. 
Once you login and issue the geli attach command it should auto load the 
kernel modules. I have a SATA drive in a hot swapable bay encrypted with 
GELI for my backups. I have no problems with the system booting and not 
prompting for password. Then once its booted I login and attach the geli 
volume so that backups can run.

Without the GELI modules loaded at boot time it shouldn't be able to 
determine that there are encrypted volumes and just ignore them at boot 

    Dean E. Weimer

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