find and mount any encrypted private direc‐ tories


ecryptfs-recover-private [--rw] [encrypted private dir]


This utility is intended to help eCryptfs recover data from their en‐ crypted home or encrypted private partitions. It is useful to run this from a LiveISO or a recovery image. It must run under sudo(8) or with root permission, in order to search the filesystem and perform the mounts. The program can take a target encrypted directory on the command line. If unspecified, the utility will search the entire system looking for encrypted private directories, as configured by ecryptfs-setup-pri‐ vate(1). If an encrypted directory and a wrapped-passphrase file are found, the user is prompted for the login (wrapping) passphrase, the keys are in‐ serted into the keyring, and the data is decrypted and mounted. If no wrapped-passphrase file is found, the user will be prompted for their mount passphrase. This passphrase is typically 32 characters of [0-9a-f]. All users are prompted to urgently record this randomly gen‐ erated passphrase when they first setup their encrypted private direc‐ tory. The destination mount of the decrypted data is a temporary directory, in the form of /tmp/ecryptfs.XXXXXXXX. By default, the mount will be read-only. To mount with read and write permission, add the --rw parameter.


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This manpage was written by Dustin Kirkland for Ubuntu systems (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. On Debian and Ubuntu systems, the complete text of the GNU General Pub‐ lic License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.

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