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This is a very simple question about LUKS encryption.

My Fedora 15 system uses LUKS over the root, home and swap LVM partitions. To access these partitions from a boot cd, for example, its necessary to open LUKS with the command,

# cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/<drive> <hddname>

Can this hddname be anything? More specifically, when I look at the output of the command lsblk -a my install has no labels.

Another tutorial listed the hddname as cryptroot, and I've been able to open LUKS with this name. Only I get the impression this is arbitrary.

I'm having trouble with mounting an encrypted LVM partition and I'm confused about the vocabulary 'name space', so to speak, of LUKS and LVM.

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You can use any hddname you want, as long as it is not already used.

The cryptsetup manpage says about luksOpen <device> <name>:

opens the LUKS partition <device> and sets up a mapping <name> after successful verification of the supplied key material

You can check currently used mappings with ls -al /dev/mapper/. Additionally, pvdisplay, vgdisplay, and lvdisplay cat provide useful information.


Short guide to mount encrypted logical volumes

If you created a logical volume on top of dm-crypt:

  1. cryptsetup luksOpen <encrypted_device> <any_name>
  2. vgchange -ay
  3. mount /dev/mapper/<logical_volume> <mount_target>

Step 2 enables all available logical volumes and may be omitted.

If you used dm-crypt on top of a logical volume:

  1. vgchange -ay
  2. cryptsetup luksOpen <encrypted_logical_volume> <any_name>
  3. mount /dev/mapper/<any_name> <target>
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