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Re: [alpine-devel] [PATCH] Main/mkinitfs - small Patch for LUKS / Cryptsetup

From: IT Developer <>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:07:47 +0000

I did a LUKS + LVM install today in a virtual machine & the "apk fix
--root /mnt linux-grsec" still works on a CHROOT. EXTLINUX correctly
finds the boot partition & writes the needed files to /boot (for some
reason EXTLINUX exits with "cannot open /dev/sda1 - exit error 1" - but
the system boots ok. It's only on kernel upgrades that mkinitfs is not
being triggered to rebuild with cryptsetup included which causes a problem.

I would be happy to do a page for the wiki on LUKS + LVM installations.


On 02/13/2014 08:54 AM, Timo Teras wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:26:10 +0000
> IT Developer <> wrote:
>> When mkinitfs is run on it's own for example (as shown on the wiki):
>> /*mkinitfs -c $MNT/etc/mkinitfs/mkinitfs.conf -b $MNT*/
> The differences are that when apk runs the trigger, it's executed in
> chroot. And command is like 'mkinitfs -o /boot/$initfs $abi_release'
> This sounds like mkinitfs bug, or mismatch with running kernel and
> installed kernel versions. The wiki should likely be updated or
> mkinitfs fixed.
>> The initramfs does not contain cryptsetup
>> Cryptsetup is included when apk is run with:
>> /*apk fix --root $MNT linux-grsec*/ (or just /*apk fix linux-grsec*/
>> on a running system)
> So the problem occurs only when doing chroot installs?
>> I don't know what extra "apk fix" does - but it does call mkinitfs
>> correctly & generates an initramfs with cryptsetup included. At the
>> moment upgrading a kernel on an encrypted system does not generate a
>> new initramfs with cryptsetup included.
>> I am using a system with LVM on top of LUKS - when I upgraded to the
>> edge kernel a few days ago I did not see any initramfs regeneration -
>> even for LVM.
> Mkinitfs trigger is "$pkgname.trigger=/usr/share/kernel/*" and I
> believe only kernel images touch those files. Sounds like kernel module
> packages as well as userland packages that go to initramfs should also
> trigger mkinitfs.
> ncopa, any idea how to do that properly? Perhaps we should have
> some /usr/share/mkinitfs/components/ directory where each of these
> package can install a file - and mkinitfs trigger monitors that
> directory and in case something changes there it regens initfs for
> all kernel flavors installed.
> - Timo

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