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    Question Encrypted swap partition on removeable device

    If installing Ubuntu (in this case 11.04) on a removable USB hard drive with an encrypted home folder, it (correctly) encrypts the swap partition.

    However, if the swap is on (say) the first partition, it could -- depending on the computer you are booting from and whether or not other devices are plugged in -- be any of /dev/sdb1, /dev/sdc1, /dev/sdd1, ...

    But the entry in /etc/crypttab gives the device as /dev/sdd1 (on my setup, anyway).
    cryptswap1  /dev/sdd1  /dev/urandom  swap,cipher=aes-cbc-essiv:sha256
    I need crypttab to be more flexible. Is it possible, e.g. to use UUID? (I am not sure if an encrypted partition can have a UUID.)

    EDIT: I have just discovered that using an encrypted partition on a removable device can lead to catastrophic data loss if you do not carefully adjust the booting sequence as described in Arch Linux's wiki. Oops!

    I still do not know how to get the UUID from an encrypted partition.
    Last edited by Paddy Landau; October 16th, 2011 at 12:56 AM.
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