Not mounting a zpool at boot

Fabian Keil freebsd-listen at
Tue Jan 24 14:10:40 UTC 2017

Erwan David <erwan at> wrote:

> I have a machine (11-RELEASE) with 2 pools, one encrypted with the
> 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).

Sounds like you have at least one of the boot-related flags set,
you can remove them with "geli configure -G -B ..".

Check the man page for details.

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