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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0006185Kali LinuxGeneral Bugpublic2021-07-07 14:33
Reportervypr Assigned Torhertzog  
Status assignedResolutionopen 
Product Version2020.1 
Summary0006185: Kali-light install with encryption boots to initramfs prompt, no decryption prompt

Installing kali light with standard system utilities and encrypting the HD on installation results in first boot to initramfs prompt. Checked after installation before reboot with alt-F2 and mount -bind /sys /target/sys and /dev to /target/dev. Did the apt update and apt install cryptsetup and it wasn't installed.

Fix: Add whatever package is missing for full HD encryption and prompt on boot to kali-light

Steps To Reproduce

Install Kali light from live usb, choose only xfce, standard system utilities and kali iight and kali-linux*?

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2020-03-12 08:06

administrator   ~0012410

What image did you use to run the installer?

Can you provide the logs of the initial installation? You should have them in /var/log/installer/syslog.



2020-03-12 17:32

reporter   ~0012411


I wiped the drive and installed with tools instead so no logs.
Let me know if you want the logs, I'll reproduce the issue and fetch them from a live system



2020-03-13 08:41

administrator   ~0012412

Yes, I would like to see the logs. Since you installed kali-linux-light I assume that you made the installation with network enabled. Is that correct? (otherwise you should not see any extra meta-packages to install)



2020-03-13 16:59

reporter   ~0012413

Yes I did have the mirror enabled and network is working fine.

On first boot after install, i get the usual splash screen, then this:

[ 2.036476] i801_smbus 0000:00:1f.3: Failed to enable SMBus PCI device (-16)

BusyBox version... and (initramfs) prompt

I wrote PROBLEM MIGHT START HERE in the log where I think the issue comes from but I might be wrong


syslog-1.txt (794,039 bytes)
syslog-2.txt (1,338,873 bytes)


2021-07-07 14:33

administrator   ~0014890

The log clearly shows that it tries to install cryptsetup-initramfs as part of the base-installer step, before the network mirror has been configured.

Not sure what's the right fix: modify d-i to retry queued package installation later? fix our live ISO to have the required .deb embedded so that the install works even without network?

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-03-11 17:51 vypr New Issue
2020-03-12 08:06 rhertzog Assigned To => rhertzog
2020-03-12 08:06 rhertzog Status new => feedback
2020-03-12 08:06 rhertzog Note Added: 0012410
2020-03-12 17:32 vypr Note Added: 0012411
2020-03-12 17:32 vypr Status feedback => assigned
2020-03-13 08:41 rhertzog Note Added: 0012412
2020-03-13 16:59 vypr File Added: syslog-1.txt
2020-03-13 16:59 vypr File Added: syslog-2.txt
2020-03-13 16:59 vypr Note Added: 0012413
2020-12-01 10:48 g0tmi1k Priority high => normal
2020-12-01 10:50 g0tmi1k Severity major => minor
2021-07-07 14:33 rhertzog Note Added: 0014890