Create new geli file system using existing key

David Christensen dpchrist at
Mon Sep 21 22:48:22 UTC 2020

On 2020-09-21 10:44, Kevin Oberman wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 6:29 AM RW via freebsd-questions <
> freebsd-questions at> wrote:
>> On Sun, 20 Sep 2020 22:55:11 -0700
>> David Christensen wrote:
>>> I do not believe you need (or want) to have identical GELI metadata
>>> on the USB hard disk drives.  I believe you just need to specify the
>>> same keyfile when you create each GELI provider.
>> I think the OP realises that he was a bit confused when asking the
>> original question.
> Yes, I was. After almost a quarter century using FreeBSD, it's a bit
> embarrassing to admit to my confusion. It's something I did back just after
> geli came into existence and have not really paid attention to since a bit
> before I retired almost a decade ago. It turns out to have been a trivial
> issue caused by confusion from not adequately understanding the keying
> information in the geli man page.

NP.  Computers are a tetration of complexity:

It is humanly impossible to "know it all", and "it all" is continuously 

Attempting to help people work through their computer issues is a good 
way to "keep up" and to learn of new possibilities.


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