[dm-crypt] help mounting partitions in an encrypted disk after first reboot

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Tue Jun 20 00:48:30 CEST 2017

Hi Sven,

On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 00:04:36 CEST, Sven Eschenberg wrote:
> Hi Arno,
> as an addition, kpartx (not partx) should be able to do that aswell.  It
> will however not tell the kernel about partitions on a device, but rather
> setup dm mappings for each partition.

Interesting. That may be useful in some scenarios, exspecially
for experiments and temporary mounts. Seems also to be used
by some (most?) life-CDs for the disks found.

> Just wanted to add this in.  And I am somehwat surprised that partprobe
> actually works this way.  That makes me wonder, why the kernel does detect
> partitions on physical disks, but not on other block devices (be it the
> current case, or NBDs, iSCSI BDs or whatever)?  Does the kernel simply
> decide to only scan 'real' block devices by itself.  Because it does so
> even after boot, when a disk comes up by hotplugging etc.  .

I think the kernel does not do any partition detection except
on boot. When you hotplug a disk, udev may be what actually 
does the partition detection on it, probably using a similar
mechanism as partprobe or kpartx.

I may be off here, but so far partprobe has worked well for me,
due care stipulated (i.e. do not start to change mounted or
mapped partitions and the like).


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