[dm-crypt] LVM on LUKS: volumes missing

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Fri Jun 3 23:42:20 CEST 2016

One thing is that these problems are pretty hard to debug.
Another is that LVM massively complicates things.

Now, if the LUKS container opens cleanly, anything
in it should be decrypted correctly (if it is LVM
atop of LUKS) and decryption with the wrong key is
not actually a possibility. 

That also means you should be able to use LVM
recovery techniques (I assume they exist) on this.

Unfortunately, I cannot help you with LVM as I do not use 
it. I consider it a badly engineered, overly complicated 
thing that decreases reliablity and makes problem 
diagnostics very hard.  Unfortunately, it provides some
increases in convenience and that seems to be all most people
care about, atleast until they are confronted with the hard
realities of reliable engineering, namely that KISS
is more important than any other concern. As LVM
violates that (along with the new RAID superblock
formats, udev, systemd and some other engineering 
abominations that have found their way into mainstream
Linux recently) I do not tolerate LVM on any of my


On Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 14:57:57 CEST, fauno wrote:
> On 31/05/16 11:54, fauno wrote:
> > On 31/05/16 09:52, Robert Nichols wrote:
> > 
> >> Take a look at the decrypted volume with "hexedit -s". It should start
> >> out with mostly binary zeros with a little data including the ASCII
> >> string "LVM2" at the start of a few of the sectors. Starting at about
> >> the 10th sector there should be a lot of ASCII text. (It's a copy of the
> >> corresponding file in /etc/lvm/backup, though without the fancy
> >> formatting.)
> >>
> >> If you're seeing random-appearing binary junk there, then the volume is
> >> not be decrypted properly. If it's just some of the early sectors that
> >> are clobbered and the text starting at the 10th sector is intact, then
> >> this should be recoverable.
> >>
> > 
> > i've tried reading `hexedit` both on the closed and opened partition and
> > everything seems to be random junk.  `strings` also can't find anything
> > resembling LVM data.
> i'm guessing silence means no one wants to give me the bad news :P
> -- 
> :D

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