I run Fedora 27 on a pc, that mainly runs scripts for my work. In the beginning I was using it as my workstation so I chose full disk encryption while installing. But now the encryption serves no use anymore. I plan to make a clean reinstall with no encryption at some point.

However I have to leave for some days and I want to have ssh access to that pc, and be able to remotely reboot it. Not something fancy. I just want to reboot it and leave it waiting at the Gnome user login screen. What is the easiest way to do this? I do not mind the security. I just want an easy way to bypass the boot passphrase remotely.

I saw some tutorials about Dropbear SSH, but I don't have the time to experiment with this solution at this point. Is there a fast and minimally meddling way to achieve this? Even some file where I can write the actual passphrase and let it read it from there?


dracut-crypt-ssh is a dracut module which starts a dropbear ssh server during the initramfs, so you can ssh in to provide the passphrase and decrypt the root filesystem. I use this on a number of servers scattered all over the planet, for which I don't have console access, and it works quite well.

  • I have seen this, but i really couldn't understand the documentation and as I said, I don't have time to experiment, or format and reinstall in case something breaks. For example, in the documentation it says: "For a static network configuration, use something along the lines of GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="... rd.neednet=1 ip=" which i do not understand – odorf Jul 28 '18 at 12:26
  • @odorf You have to bring up networking in the initramfs. So you would just have to substitute your own network configuration. It's very simple. – Michael Hampton Jul 28 '18 at 12:38

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