Disk encryption and non-QWERTY keyboard layouts

When you encrypt your DragonFly boot drive, initrd(7) is run to get your system online and able to accept a password to decrypt the drive.  So far, so good.  The initrd program is a minimal userland designed to be small, and it generally works.  However, it assumes a QWERTY keyboard.  If you’re Pierre-Alain TORET and normally use an AZERTY (in this case French) keyboard, that makes it difficult to type the decryption phrase.

It’s possible to patch a different keyboard layout into initrd, and he has documented just how to do that.

One Reply to “Disk encryption and non-QWERTY keyboard layouts”

  1. My condolences! AZERTY is a crazy piece of layout, I never managed to enter my webmail password once when I worked in france for a couple of weeks thank god there was one pc with a QWERTZ keyboard, much closer to “normal” ;-)

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