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I set up a friend with 12.04 and he forgot his password. I encrypted his home directory and I have written down the encryption passphrase during the first boot. If he changed his password after I wrote down the encryption passphrase during the first boot is this original encryption passphrase of any use? What should I do to reset or recover his password and keep everything accessible and functionally intact with the encrypted home directory?

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Check this link:

It involves booting into recovery mode, but this should work.


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This doesn't really answer the question, as it doesn't address the concern here about what will happen to the encrypted data. –  Eliah Kagan Feb 12 '13 at 23:04
    
Obviously this would allow him to reset the password and access the data. –  ryanpcmcquen Oct 28 '13 at 14:21
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