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Old 07-28-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Angry Truecrypt won't install properly when it has worked in the past (v 7.0 & earlier)


I'm not really a Linux newbie, but I decided to post this here since it isn't some really complex problem (I hope).

I have been using Truecrypt for several years. It is a great program that is extremely secure, and it's easy to use. I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04, and it wouldn't install. I then went back to 12.04. No luck. I also tried Lubuntu 12.04 and 14.04, and Mint 17. I had some old versions backed on a server. They didn't work, so I found a torrent with all versions. I've tried several different versions on all the distros mentioned. I even tried running windows versions in wine.

Not to try and sound rude or anything, but I'm not asking if version 7.0 or earlier is supported (because I know it's not), or if there is alternative (because I know there is). I don't want to decrypt my drives. 16T would take forever to decrypt, then encrypt again. Eff that. I know they say that there's "security issues", but I honestly doubt it.

The windows version does still work. So I'm wondering if the Debian based distros have something to prevent the program from installing?! That's really my best guess. I read everything on the internet to try and fix it (several pages of web searches counts as everything).

If someone could help me I'd really appreciate it. If I can't get it to work I will have to put windows 8.1 on this machine. That's the only version of windows that I have that will see 16T. Windows server probably but I can't and won't pay for it. With a dual core 1.6 ghz processor win 8 would bog down. Heck with an i7 it is ungodly slow.

Thanks in advance!
Old 07-28-2014, 11:22 PM   #2
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Are you aware that as of May this year, TrueCrypt is no longer in development, no longer being supported, as in "dead in the water"?

You would be well advised to take a serious look at those alternatives.
Old 07-28-2014, 11:25 PM   #3
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I know of nothing blocking an install of TrueCrypt.

There is an archive of all the truecrypt packages here:

Just tested this one:

on Ubuntu 64bit and it works as expected.
Old 07-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by notKlaatu View Post
I know of nothing blocking an install of TrueCrypt.

There is an archive of all the truecrypt packages here:

Just tested this one:

on Ubuntu 64bit and it works as expected.
Thanks for the links. I will download all and put them in a torrent in case others want to use this program in the future.

I did get 7.1a to work, but something funny happened. I tried to install it in 14.04. The installer wouldn't even start, even by trying to install it with the terminal. I then tried it in 17. Right click, execute. The computer was thinking so I went to sleep. This morning when I went to check the computer the screen was black and said "The file is possibly corrupt. The file header checksum does not match the compared checksum". For the heck of it I booted back into 14.04. This time truecrypt did install. With other versions sometimes the installer would try and run, but failed to install correctly. The icon showed up like it was installed, but wouldn't run. The funny thing is that in both Ubuntu and Mint, I had the same truecrypt file on a usb drive so it's not like I redownloaded it. So if the file is corrupt like Mint claims, why did it install in Ubuntu? I transfered 50G of data, and it now works like it should.

I feel like such a noob right now, but I have been using Linux off and on since 2002, and as my main OS for 5-6 years. Methinks there is some sort of bug with Ubuntu that Canonical hasn't fixed yet, and that bug was inherited to Mint and Lubuntu? If anyone has a theory (or knows the exact reason) why it failed to install literally dozens of times, I'd like to hear it. Oh, and don't say "operator error". :P
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