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I had a home directory in Ubuntu 10.04 called "mtinsley". The account I setup while upgrading to 11 is "mark". I wanted a new home so I could copy only what I wanted from my old home. Now, I do not see any directories under home except:

mark@Mounda:/home$ pwd
mark@Mounda:/home$ sudo ls -la
[sudo] password for mark: 
total 16
drwxr-xr-x  4 root root 4096 2011-06-10 20:57 .
drwxr-xr-x 23 root root 4096 2011-06-10 21:10 ..
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 2011-06-10 20:57 .ecryptfs
drwx------ 27 mark mark 4096 2011-06-14 20:08 mark
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I think it has something to do with me making my home directory (of the new account, "mark") encrypted. – Mark Jun 15 '11 at 1:31

I was under the impression that the encryption option was always stored as private or .private ( which I knew I could not be trusted with!) was accessed using a live cd using this command.

sudo find / -type d -iname '.Private' 2>/dev/null

It should then illustrate a location for your private folder like this


There is then a guide on how to remount this folder here: Encrypted Private Directory: Scroll down to the section marked 'Live CD method of opening a encrypted home directory'

Hope that helps

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I followed the instructions. All my mounted dirs and files have weird names like : ECRYPTFS_FNEK_ENCRYPTED.FXbQuifrK4XnbUQkr9T1ZKVt6pWa178p0BJA.-WxcXNc7ExJx4Y5Lj24‌​DRVWfi2X.flyarKr7OEUqEQ- Is that because I have the wrong passphrase (I'm wondering if I forgot it). – Mark Jun 17 '11 at 4:03
i would imagine that is the case. Can you access them? – andybleaden Jun 17 '11 at 6:31
I can access them from the command-line. Not from the GUI though, that makes the GUI crash. – Mark Jun 18 '11 at 17:02

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