Reusing existing crypto partitions is not supported
I just had a conversation with Benjamin Seidenberg on IRC. The problem
was that he had tried to reuse a pre-existing encrypted partition
(/home, using LUKS) by setting it up in the installer using the same
LUKS creates a random, unique, key in its table and uses the passphrase
to encrypt that key, so reusing an existing partition with the same
parameters will cause luks to write a new partition header with a new
key, effectively wiping the data (losing /home in this case)
I'm not sure whether this should be mentioned in the manual/errata?
<Alphix> Did d-i not warn that the crypto partition would be wiped out?
<astronut> uhmm, it asked "Wipe the thing with random data" and i said "no"
then it asked for passphrase
so i gave it my existing one
then i said "use as ext3"
"mount as /home"
then hit finish, it said it would format that as ext3, cancelled, told it do not use
s/said "no"/"no, keep existing data" or something
<Alphix> So the error is more one of user expectations/lacking
documentation....file systems/partitions can only be reused if they're
detected immediately by the installer without any intervention (this
goes e.g. for LVM as well)
But I'll send a msg to debian-boot and CC you and we'll see what the
others have to say