[dm-crypt] Can't add a new key, "No key available with this passphrase".

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Sat Sep 4 11:12:40 CEST 2010

On Fri, Sep 03, 2010 at 03:39:00PM -0400, PsiStormYamato wrote:
> The basic concept that an existing password should be required to add a
> new password is obvious "if you think about", but that doesn't mean that
> a newbie will automatically know that the first password that cryptsetup
> asks for will be for an existing password. Others may assume, as I did,
> that, if an *existing* password is needed to authenticate the the
> attempt to add a new key, clear language would be used to indicate that
> event. Otherwise, someone may make the mistake of assuming, as I did,
> that I was being asked for the new password that I wanted to enter, and
> that authentication would follow.
> Anyway, my point is that a simple modification of the wording of
> cryptsetup's responses would help to prevent such a problem with future
> newbies.

I agree. 

@Milan: Do we have a wish-list process for things like this
besides asking on the list?

If so, its another thing I should add to the FAQ.

Arno Wagner, Dr. sc. techn., Dipl. Inform., CISSP -- Email: arno at wagner.name 
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