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Old 11-18-2018, 10:25 AM   #1
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: northern michigan usa
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apt autoremove hosed encrypted file system

First Thanks to all those who help others on this site. Your help is much appreciated.

I have a laptop that has an encrypted file system with dm-crypt. This laptop runs debian testing (buster)

I applied updates as per normal. There were reported to be 15 or so packages that were not needed anymore by apt.

Knowing that apt lies frequently about what is actually needed in testing I hesitate to just run autoremove as it will sometimes remove software that I use.

In this instance when apt asked me about removing dm-crypt because it may remove my ability to unlock my disk I told it to skip it. It went ahead and remove a dependency anyway with out asking. So I
 sudo apt -f install
and reinstalled it. But there must have been another dependency that was needed because after a reboot I am never given the prompt to enter the passphrase to unlock the files system, and get dropped to an ash shell.
I have no idea how to fix this. So far google has been little help.

Any pointers?
Old 11-18-2018, 12:43 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: northern michigan usa
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So for giggles I booted my backup kernel and it is able to unlock the disk. But, isn't there always one, my wifi is borked.

So I am guessing that it has something to do with the initramfs that is built on kernel upgrades.

did find that cryptsetup-initramfs was not installed but required by a transitional package that was not installed.


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