On Sat, 17 Jul 2004, David Kreil wrote:

I wonder, in particular, how "system" directories like /var would be kept on a gdbe partition.

Much like any other, but the major issue is that, unlike /tmp/ and swap (which can be wiped clean when a machine boots with no ill effects), other partitions need to persist. That means you need to do one of two things:
1. Be available when the machine boots to enter the keys to mount the persistent partitions; or
2. Store those keys somewhere so the machine can do it for you.
If you choose (2) then you might as well not use an encrypted partition; secure use needs human intervention.

jan grant, ILRT, University of Bristol. http://www.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/
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If it's broken really badly - don't fix it either.
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