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How to get the whole system encrypted ?

Postby cb474 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:59 pm

I'm trying to use this method (http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=18743) to install LMDE with an encrypted /home partition. But am stuck at step 7:
7 - Install as normal. When the installer asks you for partitioning, select "Manual". In our example we should set mountpoints like this:

/dev/mapper/croot /
/dev/mapper/chome /home
/dev/sda1 /boot

There appears to be not "manual" option in the LMDE installer. Am I missing something? I can't see a way to specify /dev/mapper/home as the device, which I want ot mount as /home.
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Re: How to get the whole system encrypted ?

Postby Oscar799 on Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:55 am

Split from another thread and moved here by moderator
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Re: How to get the whole system encrypted ?

Postby zerozero on Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:31 am

what method (exactly) are you following? can you link it?
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Re: How to get the whole system encrypted ?

Postby cb474 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:37 pm

zerozero wrote:what method (exactly) are you following? can you link it?

This method: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=18743
Thanks for any thoughts. Perhaps the problem reflects a difference between the regular Mint installer and the LMDE installer?
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Re: How to get the whole system encrypted ?

Postby zerozero on Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:52 pm

the installers are actually different and the only howto that i know off addressing this issue is this http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=197&t=71159
apart from pointing you into it, i'm afraid i can't be of much more help :( any issue/question you'll have to ask in that topic)
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Re: How to get the whole system encrypted ?

Postby cb474 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:59 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. I've seen that howto (and a couple others like it). I want to use luks and dm-crypt with regular partitions, not lvm, so that's why I was trying to follow the one I linked to. In the end, since I only wanted to encrypt my /home partition, I just installed LMDE normally, backed up the home partition, reformatted the partition with cryptsetup, etc., edited my crypttab and fstab accordingly, and copied the data back to my home partition. I guess this theoretically might work even for encrypting the home partition, but seems like it would be more complicated potentially.
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