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Thread: Can't mount eCryptfs /home

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Can't mount eCryptfs /home

    I installed Kubuntu Karmic Koala with encrypted /home partition.

    Since I decided to change my password I couldn't graphically log in. So I learned that I had to change the eCryptfs' passphrase.
    And I did:

    $ ecryptfs-wrap-passphrase .ecryptfs/wrapped-passphrase
    Passphrase to wrap: <I put my login password here>
    Wrapping passphrase: <I put my login password here too>

    Now when I log in my home folder only contains two files:
    Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop README.txt
    The README.txt says that I have to mount my Private folder with ecryptfs-mount-private and so I do, but after I enter my login password I get:

    Inserted auth tok with sig [****************] into the user session keyring
    keyctl_search: Required key not available
    Perhaps try the interactive 'ecryptfs-mount-private'

    And my files doesn't appear... I did ecryptfs-insert-wrapped-passphrase-into-keyring then I logged out and in but it haven't worked either.

    I wonder if anybody could help me to recover my files.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Re: Can't mount eCryptfs /home

    It seems you make a confusion between password and passphrase.
    This post explains what happens when one changes one's password from command line : one's home becomes unavailable. There is an "howto recover" if you remember the passphrase.
    This could help too :
    Last edited by Byb; February 17th, 2011 at 10:47 AM. Reason: typos

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