I'm mounting a bunch of encrypted disks like so

cryptsetup luksOpen some_source some_mapping &&
mount /dev/mapper/some_mapping /some_mountpoint

How can I abstract away the middle mapping?

I suppose I could do something like:

uuid=$(sudo some_device |head -n1)
 cryptsetup luksOpen some_source $some_mapping &&
    mount /dev/mapper/$some_mapping /some_mountpoint

and put this in a script.

Is there a better way? Can I also make sure that umounting automatically removes the middle mapping?


Yah I use scripts for that because I also grow my encripted volumes with LVM sometimes. I use a script like this;


set -e

C=$(mount | grep -c "$M" || true)
if [ "$C" -gt 0 ] ; then
    echo "/media/$M already mounted" >&2
    exit 1
vgimport "vg_$M"
vgchange -ay "vg_$M"
cryptsetup luksOpen "/dev/vg_$M/lv_$M" "crypt_$M"
if [ ! -d "/media/$M" ] ; then
    mkdir "/media/$M"
mount "/dev/mapper/crypt_$M" "/media/$M"
  • I never seem to need the vgimport/vchange commands. My vg mappings seem to be always even in initramfs. IDK why. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration. – PSkocik Aug 9 '18 at 19:12
  • @PSkocik I use VG import/export because these particular drives are detached from the system and one would not want to detach them without first making absolutely sure they are not in use. – user1133275 Aug 9 '18 at 19:45

I tried

   mount the_encrypted_lv the_mount_point

and it asked for a password and correctly decrypted and mounted the volume.

mount then showed the mountpoint and an autogenerated intemmediary mapping. umount then removed both.

Sometimes the naive thing works.

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