View Full Version : [ubuntu] Encrypted Filesystem

May 10th, 2008, 08:20 AM
I created a new partition, configured with cryptsetup and added the boot configuration.

Basically this page resumes the thing: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EncryptedFilesystemHowto#head-8ed0125a2cad7d8942a1a85f0c0e5f63dd94f855

I can access the encrypted partition without any problem after the configuration process but when I restart I have the error that the /dev/mapper/crypt wasn't find! And the true is that is not there! I tried with ext3 and reseirfs...

8.04.. Any suggestion?

May 10th, 2008, 10:40 AM
paste output of:

cat /etc/crypttab

cat /etc/fstab

May 10th, 2008, 11:26 AM
crypt /dev/sda3

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# Entry for /dev/sda4 :
UUID=8a7d2ebe-be70-49c0-9c54-8a9952a9a9c4 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# Entry for /dev/sda1 :
#UUID=07D8-0319 /media/sda1 vfat defaults,utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1
# Entry for /dev/sda2 :
UUID=10F05E94F05E7FC0 /media/sda2 ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_GB.UTF-8 0 1
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec 0 0

/dev/mapper/crypt /crypt reiserfs defaults 0 1

tks hyper_ch

May 10th, 2008, 11:48 AM
hmmm, looks ok to me....

so post:

sudo fdisk -l

it might well be, that the designation of the drive changes... from sda to sdc... it happens since gutsy on my computer...

In that case use the UUID in crypttab and not /dev/sda3

May 10th, 2008, 02:20 PM
/dev/sda1 1 15 120456 de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 16 8586 68846557+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 8587 9596 8112825 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 9597 19457 79208482+ 83 Linux

I did what you suggested and replaced the path by the UUID in crypttab..

crypt 5981c748-a505-4c51-81f0-bbc647e0d0f8

/dev/mapper/crypt /crypt ext3 defaults 0 1

And again, after the process I could mount and access the crypted partition...

I used "udevinfo -q env -n /dev/sda3" to get the UUID before I executed the mkfs. But after the restart udevinfo doesn't print the UUID anymore.

The boot error is "fsck.ext: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/mapper/crypto" (I was trying with ext3 now..)

I'm not sure what can I do more...

May 10th, 2008, 02:27 PM
use this:


Just find out your UUID of that partition

May 10th, 2008, 02:31 PM
The sda3 is not there...

I assume that's a side effect of "mkfs /dev/mapper/crypt"!

After that command if I open GParted for example the partition fylesystem is set to unknown.

July 7th, 2008, 11:29 AM
I'm experiencing exactly the same issue.
Have found a solution in between?

July 7th, 2008, 12:06 PM
what problem exactely?

what do

cat /etc/crypttab
cat /etc/fstab
ls -al /dev/mapper/by-uuid


July 7th, 2008, 03:54 PM
At boot, I had a mount error "/dev/mapper/crypt not found".
I thought it was an encryption issue. But thanks to your question I found out the problem was located (once more) 30cm in front of the screen:).

> cat /etc/crypttab
# <target name> <source device> <key file> <options>
data /dev/sda7 none luks
> cat /etc/fstab
# encrypted partition
/dev/mapper/crypt /data ext3 defaults 0 1

I'm afraid I'm too stupid:(
Thank you for your help