Moving raw system image to another drive breaks GELI

David Christensen dpchrist at
Sat Mar 2 18:39:20 UTC 2019

On 2/26/19 10:00 AM, David Christensen wrote:
> I have a computer:
> 2019-02-26 09:50:14 dpchrist at ragnar ~
> $ freebsd-version ; uname -a
> 11.2-RELEASE-p9
> FreeBSD ragnar 11.2-RELEASE-p9 FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE-p9 #0: Tue Feb  5 
> 15:30:36 UTC 2019 
> root at  amd64
> I installed to a SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16 GB flash drive:
>        Partitioning                      Auto (ZFS)
>          Pool Type/Disks                 stripe,da0
>          Pool Name                       zroot
>          Force 4K Sectors                YES
>          Encrypt Disks                   YES
>          Partition Scheme                MBR (BIOS)
>          Swap Size                       2g
>          Mirror Swap                     NO
>          Encrypt Swap                    YES
>          Install
> If I do a raw binary copy of the USB flash drive to a Intel 520 Series 
> SSD 60 GB with dd(1) and boot the SSD, GELI rejects the passphrase and I 
> end up at a "mountroot>" prompt.
> I would like to be able to move raw FreeBSD system images from drive to 
> drive and have them work.

If I insert another USB flash drive such that the device node of the 
system drive changes, GELI breaks (refuses to accept the passphrase).

So, it appears that GELI requires the device node name when created and 
the device node name when later opened to match (?).

Is this a bug or a feature?

Can I disable it?


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