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Okay, so I just realised that my ~/.Private/ folder is huge (22GB) and that my ~/Private folder is empty. I tried decrypting the folder with sudo ecryptfs-mount-private, I entered my passphrase correctly and got the following error:

Inserted auth tok with sig [removed] into the user session keyring
fopen: No such file or directory
keyctl_search: Success
Perhaps try the interactive 'ecryptfs-mount-private'

ecryptfs-mount-private without sudo simply returns without echoing anything. Any idea what might be wrong?

I really don't need this home encryption if it's gonna take up so much space.

So, my questions are:

  1. How do I decrypt/unencrypt the contents of ~/.Private/?
  2. How do I stop stuff from being encrypted? As far as I've understood it everything in ~/Private/ gets encrypted, but I haven't moved anything to that folder and it didn't exist before I created it.

My problems are very similar to this question: Why is the size of my .Private folder so large?

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Have you consulted the manual, in especially the section "recovering your data automatically"? –  January Nov 9 '12 at 13:07
    
I'm currently running sudo ecryptfs-recover-private from my terminal. Will post another comment when it's done. –  Johan Nov 9 '12 at 13:11
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Alright, it succesfully mounted my private data @ some read-only location in /tmp/, I checked out the folders and it seems to simply be a copy of my /home/ directory, gonna take a backup of it in case there are some interesting differences between the two. Now I am rather worried: As my /home/ folder doesn't reside in ~/Private/ how will I properly remove it? It seems to me that the 'usual method' would not work. Perhaps I should simply make a backup of ~, remove the .Private stuff and just copy paste it into my folder again? –  Johan Nov 9 '12 at 13:22
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