Bug#768314: systemd: encrypted disk passphrase prompt nearly unusable

Gordon Morehouse gordon at morehouse.me
Fri Feb 20 06:09:30 GMT 2015

Package: systemd
Version: 215-11
Followup-For: Bug #768314

Dear Maintainer,

This renders systems with needed partitions (e.g. /var, /usr) on encrypted
volumes near-totally unusable, especially if there are multiple partitions.

I updated recently and the UI changed again.  If anything, it's WORSE than
it was when I first added information to this bug.  I've uploaded a video
to demonstrate it.  I had to reboot twice before deciding to make the video,
and twice more afterwards in order to actually boot my system so as to run
'reportbug' as I am doing now.

Please see http://dai.ly/x2hmowq for video.

In my opinion this is a major usability problem that should ABSOLUTELY NOT
ship in anything called 'stable'.  There are a lot of people with multiple
encrypted partitions in the world, and this renders booting such machines a
total crapshoot - and potentially near-impossible with enough encrypted

-- Package-specific info:

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (900, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.16-2-amd64 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages systemd depends on:
ii  acl             2.2.52-2
ii  adduser         3.113+nmu3
ii  initscripts     2.88dsf-58
ii  libacl1         2.2.52-2
ii  libaudit1       1:2.4-1+b1
ii  libblkid1       2.25.2-5
ii  libc6           2.19-13
ii  libcap2         1:2.24-6
ii  libcap2-bin     1:2.24-6
ii  libcryptsetup4  2:1.6.6-5
ii  libgcrypt20     1.6.2-4+b1
ii  libkmod2        18-3
ii  liblzma5        5.1.1alpha+20120614-2+b3
ii  libpam0g        1.1.8-3.1
ii  libselinux1     2.3-2
ii  libsystemd0     215-11
ii  mount           2.25.2-5
ii  sysv-rc         2.88dsf-58
ii  udev            215-11
ii  util-linux      2.25.2-5

Versions of packages systemd recommends:
ii  dbus            1.8.12-3
pn  libpam-systemd  <none>

Versions of packages systemd suggests:
pn  systemd-ui  <none>

-- no debconf information

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