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luks and lvm and partitioning and filesystem from the shell

posted on 2016-08-24 20:58

Don't overwrite your devices via cp. But we've all been there, done that.

If you don't want to reinstall 'just because', an idea might be to use testdisk depending on what you did.

Getting nice partition layout I tend to use parted (see below), for creating partitions cgdisk (for GPT stuff) or cfdisk (for MBR creation only IIRC) are decent choices.

Back on topic.


Partitions were still present in my cause, so no need create them anew.

If you have to, do parted /dev/sda p and parted /dev/sdX u b p and use your phone to make photos, in case you have to redo something.


Create and open the cryptocontainer to hold the complete partition, wherein the LVM and your filesystems will lie.

cryptsetup --cipher=aes-xts-plain64 luksFormat /dev/sdXN --force-password
cryptsetup open /dev/sdXN sdXN_crypt

Did you really type an uppercased YES when you were promted? The password you were prompted for is the one you will have to enter in the future.

In case you did something wrong:

cryptsetup close
cryptsetup erase /dev/sdaX

Then start by recreating the container. Did you really type an uppercased YES when you were promted?


After the crypto device was opened, you can reference it through the device mapper. Now create the physical volume (PV), volume group (VG) and logical volumes (LV's) where your system will be installed later on:

pvcreate /dev/mapper/sdXN_crypt
vgcreate `hostname` /dev/mapper/sdXN_crypt
lvcreate -L 2G -n swap `hostname`
lvcreate -l 100%FREE -n root `hostname`

Here is a catch: I did not have to recreate a separate /boot partition, as I already had one. If you don't create one first. It has to be located outside the crypto container, else you won't be able too boot after your installation.

If something went wrong, here's how to delete things, too. Choose what you need in particular:

pvremove /dev/sdXN_crypt
vgremove `hostname`
lvremove /dev/`hostname`/<LVname>

filesystems and swap

Create swap:

mkswap /dev/mapper/`hostname`-swap

Create root filesystem:

mkfs -t ext4 /dev/mapper/`hostname`-root

This is pretty much it. From here on you can chroot or do whatever else you want.

Maybe you only want the container for data but for installing a system on there. In that case not calling the LV 'root' and omitting the swap partition up there would have been a wise choice.

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