UPDATE - 6/20 #tangodown
I went ahead and executed 'cp -rfp /home/OLD /home/NEW'
Now, I have some additional hidden folders in '/home/NEW', and it also has a new unhidden folder '/home/NEW/OLD'.
Now I have correct looking symlinks... 'Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop -> /usr/share/ecryptfs-utils/ecryptfs-mount-private.desktop' '.ecryptfs -> /home/.ecryptfs/OLD/.ecryptfs' '.Private -> /home/.ecryptfs/OLD/.Private' 'README.txt -> /usr/share/ecryptfs-utils/ecryptfs-mount-private.txt'
HERE IS WHERE I AM TODAY (6/20):
Computer boots up in from LiveUSB, and I can successfully find and recover the ecrypt home folder by using 'ecryptfs-recover-private'.
Computer does not bootup without LiveUSB, and instead of a login screen I get a blank screen with popup warning of Graphic Configuration issues, which lets me try to boot in low graphics mode, configure graphics, or look at system errors. This is new, since I last ran the
ecryptfs-recover-private and it maxed out my hard drive, which I then had to delete data from (including removing
root trash and cache.
Before i run
ecryptfs-recover-private, I only have 33% free space while the recovery drive is still encrypted... and after I run
ecryptfs-recover-private and start copying it over to the drive mounted at
/media/ubuntu/123xyz, I get to 100% and the computer messages (FAIL) that I'm out of space.
It seems fine when it is mounted as read-only at
/tmp/ecryptfs.123xyz, but when I start copying files, it runs our of space. Even if I do it incrementally, it seems the OS is not booting properly.
Now, I seem to have enough space to work on from LiveUSB, but it is acting slow and funky.
Here is output from
root@ubuntu: /my_folder # df -h:
**Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on** /cow 976M 150M 776M 17% / udev 1.5G 4.0K 1.5G 1% /dev tmpfs 303M 1.1M 301M 1% /run /dev/sdb1 3.8G 2.0G 1.9G 52% /cdrom none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup tmpfs 1.5G 1.1M 1.5G 1% /tmp none 5.0M 4.0K 5.0M 1% /run/lock none 1.5G 80K 1.5G 1% /run/shm none 100M 36K 100M 1% /run/user /dev/mapper/ubuntu-root 73G 46G 24G 67% /media/ubuntu/123xyz
With the new files coming to the drive at roughly 30+GBs, and the original
/media/ubuntu/123xyz/.ecryptfs backup file weighing in at at 29GBs, I easily outgrow my 79GBs worth of available space.
I tried using my external drive (ugh, the stupid WD Passport), which is locked and encrypted and needs a Mac to unlock (not available right now), I am dealing with how to get my drive back to where it was...40% or so left of free space and all recovered.
I am not a novice, but clearly not learned enough to fix this damaging issue I just created, so thanks in advance for your help...
This is a recent, customized infosec/dev ubuntu 14.04 LTS laptop, running sweet until the below happened.
I followed these instructions to a tee in order to change my old username into a new one: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-change-rename-user-name-id
I also continued with specific home directory intsructions found here: http://jesin.tk/change-home-directory-in-linux/)...
Now my username, group and home folder are all changed and permissions/ownership correct, as well as new user has been set to new home. I even ran the
cp -f /home/username/* /home/new_home_dir/ to copy over all home files to new folder. However, this didn't work so well in my favor...
I can login, I can access files in home, but ALL of my desktop, settings and home files are gone. Back to square 1, with only 1 clue in my new home folder: two files by the name of README and Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop.
My User ID Info:
uid=1000(NEW) gid=1000(NEWG1) groups=1000(NEWG1),4(adm),24(cdrom),27(sudo),30(dip),46(plugdev),107(lpadmin),124(sambashare)
1000 has not changed even though the username changed.
OLD was the user
1000, as was
OLD the home directory name.
I changed the username to
NEW, same UID (
1000), and changed
OLD group name to
I did all of this from command line, by hitting
Ctrl+Alt+F1 from the login screen, then logging into a secondary account (not the
OLD or the
Now, I can login all day long. However, my
OLD account, which has been changed to
NEW, looks like a brand new user account, and all of my data and files and configuration are gone when logged in using the
NEW account. However, in the
/home/NEW folder, I have these files:
But no files such as:
.ecryptfs .private ...etc
When trying to open Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop, terminal opens and closes instantly. So nothing happens. And when executing
ecryptfs-mount-private I get the following;
$ ecryptfs-mount-private ERROR: Encrypted private directory is not setup properly
QUESTIONS (SOLVED - SEE BELOW):
- (SOLVED - SEE UPDATE BELOW) How do I access the encrypted files and move, delete or alter them?
- (SOLVED - SEE UPDATE BELOW)Where did all of my home files and config from
OLDuser go, if all
- (SOLVED - SEE UPDATE BELOW)I did was change the username and group name, as well as home folder name (and even assign user to folder), and copy everything?
- (SOLVED - SEE UPDATE BELOW)If it's not encrypted, where did it all go?
- Can I keep going and get it fixed with
- Or, Can I backtrack properly to
I looked in
/tmp but nothing like 'ecryptfs.123XYZ' is in there except ssh-123XYZ and hsperfdata_NEW.
This guys made it look easy on what to do with the file: hgoshawknest.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/how-to-recover-crypted-home-directory-in-ubuntu/
But again, this is not working for me.
STEPS I TOOK:
I am setting up a boot USB with Ubuntu 14, in hopes to follow directions on mounting properly (as in described here: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1810825), but I am not sure I am working correctly.
Thanks in advance. This is amazingly important to recover my old setup, regardless of username and home folder name.
Please help with this if you can.
All the best!
PS - Here is a list of references that helped me screw up (I mean execute) the above: