init fails to boot from loop-aes encrypted raid root fs due: "/dev/md1: no such file"
I have a problem where I reach the end of my linux competences.
~~~ This is what I try to accomplish:
Install Debian 5.0.3/AMD64 on a blank system with 3 SATA IDEs
Fully encrypted using loop-aes (mandatory).
System should be able to start with 1 failed/missing disk
Partition scheme (identical on all 3 discs):
256MB /boot, ext3 / RAID1 , plain
4 GB / , ext3 / RAID5 , loop-aes (key)
512MB swap , loop-aes (tmp)
1,5TB /srv , ext3 / RAID5 , loop-aes (key)
/boot attached via /dev/md0
/, /srv attached via loop0,1 ontop of /dev/md1,2
~~~ installation process:
I was very pleased to see loop-aes supported in the expert installater at
My first attemp to install from a USB stick failed as the installer itself
already loads the loop device without loop-aes support code. So I grabbed a
DVD drive and now I'm working with the debian-503-amd64-xfce+lxde-CD-1.iso
The system fails to boot and repetingly writes: "/dev/md1: No such file or
As far as I understand, the init script tries to mount /dev/md1 to / but the
RAID5 has yet not been started prior to mounting the root fs.
During startup I see sth like:
< sda found >
< sdb found >
< sdc found >
Begin: Mounting root file system.... /scripts-localtop
What I miss there is the output which says that a RAID has been detected and
initialized (superblocks are all fine).
The installer offered to use a "custom initrd". I tried to reinstall and use
the "generic initrd" without any luck, either.
I tried to inspect the initrd with my limited capabilities and it contains
the gpg key for the root fs and a few init scripts. So this seems to went
fine. I thought maybe I need to include some missing modules but I have no
clue how I would have to rebuild the initrd without the system being up and
running. First of all I have no idea what to change at all :-)
Any hints how I get this system bootable? I will dowloaded Knoppix to get
somehow access at least to the initrd.
Thank you very much for your time and support!