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Old 07-19-2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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.encryptfs recovery (from Ubuntu 10.10 to some newer version)


Are backup .encryptfs/ user files recoverable in newly built systems?

Suppose I copy out the entire /home/.encryptfs subdirectory to some external drive (in encrypted state).

Then suppose I build a new system with the exact same usernames and passwords. And then I copy the entire old .encryptfs/ subdirectory back in to the NEW /home.

Would each user be able to recover her/his encrypted files? Could they just sign in and everything would be there just like before?
 
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Are backup .encryptfs/ user files recoverable in newly built systems?
Reading the first paragraph of https://launchpad.net/ecryptfs should answer that. Wrt recovery or testing recovery options you could boot a Live CD and run ecryptfs-recover-private: have a look at http://bodhizazen.net/Tutorials/Ecryptfs/ for details.
 
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Wow!
Thanks for the links. I had no idea it was so portable. I would not have thought it possible.
 
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I had no idea it was so portable.
Me neither actually but that's what doing research is all about. Quite a surprise to see the FiST framework is that old (as in tried 'n true).
 
  


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