View Full Version : [ubuntu] Will private folder remain intact after a re-install from 8.10 to 8.04?

January 3rd, 2009, 03:42 PM

Because of many problems with Ubuntu 8,10 I want to "re-install" 8.04 again while keeping my home folder (it is already on a separate partition). I make use of the encrypted Private directory in the home folder.

If I re-install 8.04 while keeping the home folder, will the encrypted directory remain in tact and usable?


January 3rd, 2009, 03:53 PM
It will if you keep it in the seperate partition and then copy it back once you're done re-installing 8.04......

January 3rd, 2009, 03:59 PM
will the encrypted directory remain in tact and usable?

It should do. The ecryptfs-utils package needed to make it work are in the Hardy repos. I would take a backup of the folder's contents just in case.

January 3rd, 2009, 09:01 PM
Alright thank you. I will do are-install tomorrow!

January 3rd, 2009, 09:47 PM
Hardy has encfs and there is nothing special about the drives location or OS that would prevent it from being read. I literally tarred up my home directory yesterday, untarred it to a different partition/fs and my encfs ~/Private directory still works as usual. You should have no problems.