Bug 88224 - Awkward reaction to loopback encrypted filesystems
Summary: Awkward reaction to loopback encrypted filesystems
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Brock Organ
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Reported: 2003-04-07 20:10 UTC by Mark Stoneburner
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:52 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-09-21 20:37:47 UTC

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Description Mark Stoneburner 2003-04-07 20:10:41 UTC
My /home is encrypted so that I mount it through AES loopback. It is mentioned
in /etc/fstab in normal manner. My swap is similarly encrypted. Redhat installer
assumed the filesystem is messed up, and aborted the installer. Everything
worked fine when uncommented /home and swap partitions from fstab.

I realize this is not an ordinary situation, but instead of simply aborting the
installation when weird looking filesystem contents are encountered, it'd be
nice if the installer either

- offered to ignore that filesystem in the installation, or

- told the user to uncomment the filesystems from /etc/fstab if wants the
installer to ignore them

The relevant lines in my /etc/fstab are:

/dev/hdd3               /home   ext3   
defaults,loop=/dev/loop1,encryption=AES128   0 0
/dev/hdd4               swap     swap    sw,loop=/dev/loop6,encryption=AES192  
     0 0

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2003-05-16 21:14:43 UTC
We don't currently support using the crypto loop stuff in the userspace tools,
so this is a little tricky to handle.  I'll try to add something to do a little
better, but the current case might be the best that's possible until we
integrate crypto loop support for the distro.

Comment 2 W. Michael Petullo 2005-08-07 16:00:35 UTC
Cryptoloop has been replaced with dm-crypt.  This bug is very old.  Is this 
still relevant?  Does anaconda complain about dm-crypt filesystems?

Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2005-09-21 20:37:47 UTC
This isn't really relevant anymore now that cryptoloop is obsoleted.  We don't
really handle dm-crypt, but the reaction should be better

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