Dracut + Disk Crypt Passphrase Timeout

Kamil Paral kparal at redhat.com
Thu Jan 10 16:49:44 UTC 2013

> I have encountered this "bug" several times. First I thought it's
> something serious. Then I realized that rebooting cures this problem
> and
> my computer works good. I started to diagnose problem (read messages
> from dracut) after 4 or 5 occurrences.
> It's very wrong! I think lot of users with disk encryption enabled
> might
> encounter this bug because it's not so rare to make coffee when your
> system boots up. Then you miss this time window to enter the password
> and ....? F*, my system is broken again. I don't believe all Fedora
> users are sysadmins or geeks smart enough to take this kid of error
> easily. There should be at last huge banner with red blinking
> messaged
> "Time out! Please, reboot."

You wouldn't believe how often and how hard it is to convince the sysadmins and geeks that not all Fedora users are sysadmins and geeks. Your feedback is needed :)

This bugzilla is the correct way to start nagging them:

After we resolve this one, we will probably discover other issues lurking (systemd), but the initial bug is in dracut, I believe.

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