Not mounting a zpool at boot

Erwan David erwan at
Tue Jan 24 06:19:33 UTC 2017

On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 10:49:14PM CET, "Dean E. Weimer" <dweimer at> said:
> 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
> time.

Yes I load the geli module, but need it for the gmirror+geli swap...


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