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Date:      Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:44:02 -0700
From:      Kevin Oberman <>
To:        RW <>
Cc:        "" <>
Subject:   Re: Create new geli file system using existing key
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On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 6:29 AM RW via freebsd-questions <> wrote:

> On Sun, 20 Sep 2020 22:55:11 -0700
> David Christensen wrote:
> > I do not believe you need (or want) to have identical GELI metadata
> > on the USB hard disk drives.  I believe you just need to specify the
> > same keyfile when you create each GELI provider.
> I think the OP realises that he was a bit confused when asking the
> original question.
Yes, I was. After almost a quarter century using FreeBSD, it's a bit
embarrassing to admit to my confusion. It's something I did back just after
geli came into existence and have not really paid attention to since a bit
before I retired almost a decade ago. It turns out to have been a trivial
issue caused by confusion from not adequately understanding the keying
information in the geli man page.
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
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