Linux Device Change Breaks Encrypted Swap

Linux disk partition names such as /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2 are not as fixed as they once were. From time to time they can change. Perhaps due to a hardware change or kernel upgrade, or sometimes for no apparent reason. If and when this happens on your system, things can break. In this case, an encrypted swap partition had been configured as “/dev/sda6”, and failed to activate following a change in the the /dev/sdXX partition names. This article describes the symptoms and a fix.

The article also discusses a bug affecting Ubuntu 14.04 based distributions, which can make it more difficult to recover an encrypted swap configuration broken by a device name change. Continue reading

Fedora Dual Boot Convoluted Boot Path

This post describes a problem with receiving Linux kernel updates after installing Fedora 16 in a dual boot environment. The Fedora installation process allows the user to rewrite Grub in the master boot record (MBR) or to leave the MBR untouched. I chose to leave it untouched, leading to a later kernel update problem which was fairly easily solved with some Grub 2 commands. Continue reading