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What's the best practice for backing up encrypted Ubuntu home dir?

After installing Ubuntu 12.04 and electing to encrypt my entire home directory, I am now wondering what the best way would be to back up the data here. I backed up the rest of my file system with ...
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Moving encrypted home folder to a new hard drive

Recently I bought a new hard drive. I'd like to turn this hard drive into the /home. During original install I set my home directory up as encrypted. At this point I dont know how to move the home ...
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Can't access encrypted home from other Ubuntu releases from 13.04

Today I installed Raring Ringtail (again), 13.04 (production release), clean in a fresh partition on an AMD X2 64-bit system. I have a parallel installation of 12.10 and another one of 12.04 on other ...
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Lost Permission of Home Directory

I recently messed up my Ubuntu Setup, so I re-installed and choose to use my existing Home directory . Now I cannot launch Ubuntu-Tweak as myself, but am able to do so with sudo command. Any help ...
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How to change a user ID safely if you are using encrypted home?

Inspired by this question, that seems to imply that a simple chown won't work because you won't be able to access the encrypted files. So how is the safest but still simple workaround?
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What are ECRYPTFS_FNEK_ENCRYPTED files and folders for?

I've moved my home folder from an old to a new computer using this HowTo. The old machine was running Xubuntu 11.10 the new is running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. On both machines the users where created ...
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Migrating users from Madriva

My company switces from Madriva to ubuntu 12.04. We use an nfs mounted /home. I migrate the users by copying passwrd, shadow and group under /etc in the newly installed Ubuntu and also mount the /home ...
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Drive Encryption - Situation after reinstall/upgrade?

I am considering encrypting my /home directory (I always have it in a separate drive partition) while I do a fresh install of upcoming 12.04 release. I have some concerns in this regard: Now I am ...
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TRIM and encrypted home folders

I have enabled TRIM for my root partition by adding discard in /etc/fstab, following How to enable TRIM? They mention that special steps are needed if I have an encrypted partition. I have encrypted ...
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How to make a fresh install while also creating new partitions and keeping encrypted home directory

How can a machine be securely migrated from "Ubuntu - single partition - home directory encrypted" to "Debian - separated partitions for OS and home, and maybe for swap too if that is an advantage - ...
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How to populate configuration files over a lot of servers?

I have configuration files at my home directory (.bashrc, .gitignore, etc.). When I find something helpful for me I add this information into this files. But also I have access via ssh to different ...
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setting up home folders for users for 12.04 server edition -ls: cannot open directory .: Permission denied

I created an instance to run on a cloud service. The machine image was 12.04 server edition x64. Upon initially logging in and creating a user and su'ing into that user it doesn't have a home folder: ...
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Device is busy error when trying to unmount tmpfs home area

I have been trying to get pam_mount to mount a tmpfs drive for domain users, so that it is volatile storage and is cleared on every logout. The problem I found was that although the area would mount ...
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Ubuntu server 12.04 x86 resets home directory

I have a very strange issue where whenever I restart my server all the settings for my one and only user have reset to what would be there if a new user had just been created. This means I have now ...
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installing Ubuntu 32 bit and Lubuntu 64 bit with the same home directories

Mine is a 64 bit machine and I had installed "32" bit Ubuntu to try it out and hence installed many apps and developed many things and configured it for many things. Now it seems that my laptop needs ...
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Same home folders on 2 PC's using network

I have a server that is always running always connected to the network and I would like to install another computer that can sit in my study and either log in to this PC(not vnc) over the network or ...
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Setup autom share network in my home

Every computer in my home runs Ubuntu 12.04 We have a wireless network setup. I want to be able to share files & printer wirelessly over the network. But I am a total idiot when it comes to ...
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How do I delete files on the “ubuntu” live user from root?

I am running Ubuntu builder and I have everything set up the way I like, however I can't seem to clean up after changing anything. I can't get access to the /home/ubuntu folder because the "home" ...
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How can I change the home directory's location along with the default install directory?

I decided to use Ubuntu as my main operating system tonight and have been setting everything up. I installed it on a 64GB SSD, however I want my home directory and default install location to be on my ...
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How do I DISABLE home directory encryption during Ubuntu 12.04 installation?

When attempting to install Ubuntu 12.04 from a CD, there is an option displayed for "Encrypt my home folder". The option is checked (enabled) by default, but it is grayed out, so it is impossible to ...
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Home folder disappearing in fraction of seconds, unable to access the home folder

Home folder disappearing in fraction of seconds, unable to access the home folder. OS is Ubuntu 13.10. Please help me to get this issue resolved. Thanks
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Must I defrag /home in ntsf partition?

I have installed my /home Ubuntu Lts12.04 in an ntfs partition (I need compatibility with some propietary programs in Windows 7 mean while). The question is: Must I defrag that partition ntfs where I ...
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Help recovering eCryptfs user data

Ubuntu 13.10 x64 Chose LVM partitioning when I installed Here's the story from the beginning... I had a problem with the fglrx drivers preventing unity from starting correctly so I tried to repair ...
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Need to unencrypt home folder using ubuntu virtually to access it partition

I had a problem with my Ubuntu partition and it won't load, so I want to use my installation disc so i can access the partition inside of my disk to unencrypt and recover my files inside my partition ...
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22gb SSD + 500gb HDD (i want windows and ubuntu + Share files)

SSD: -1_Ubuntu 12.04.4 x64 (ext4) [26gb] -2_SWAP [6gb] HDD: -3_Windows 7 SP1 x64 + Programs (NTFS) [150gb] -4_Ubuntu programs and files (ext4) [100gb?] <-- "/Home"? -5_Personal Data (for ...
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mv: cannot move '/home' to '/old_home': Read-only filesystem

In 13.10 (saucy), I followed the steps in both of these: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving mv: cannot move `/home' to `/old_home': Device or resource busy But run ...
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How do I make a seperate partition for my home folder?

I've herd of this referred to before and would love to know the process involved. I would also like to be able to encrypt my directory’s.
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nfs fails to mount home folder if other shares exist

I have a virtual machine that I use only for internal development, so I'm not really worried about security. In that machine, I have the following export settings: /var/www ...
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Backing up data from previous Ubuntu installation - unable to access home directory

Due to a problem with my ubuntu 13.10 (apparently it's incompatible with my graphics card as I explained here), I decided that I will install the LTS 12.04 version instead.. so I prepared a bootable ...
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Home Dir Files Disappeared

My home dir seems to have reset back to its initial install state. I would think that were true except for the fact that the directories I had created still exist. All the files that were there ...
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How to add a mimetype icon in the home directory?

About the mimetype I have created a mimetype and I want to add an icon for it. The mimetype is for To-do lists, it matches the TODO pattern and is of type text/todo. I can confirm that upon ...
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Dual boot with SteamOS, how to handle /home and accounts

My offspring is bullying me to install SteamOS (and I'm curious). We have and existing Ubuntu 13.10 and free space for the SteamOS root. /home lives on its own partition. What I wonder: - can I use ...
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Reinstall ubuntu 13.10 encrypted LVM

I installed ubuntu Completely over my Laptop. With an encrypted LVM Volume,so for every reboot I type in my passphrase. Now is my question: How can I reinstall Ubuntu without deleting my Home ...
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How to improve seperate root and home model by encription?

I use separated partitions for home and root dirs. It satisfies me well, i can easily reinstall OS if I need and not touching whole home dir. This was enough because so far I didn't have to encrypt ...
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Ubuntu crashed after trying to remove ecryptfs

I was running low on disk space and hence decided to remove ecryptfs. I had not installed it separately but I'd checked the option to encrypt my home folder, So, coming back to what I've actually ...
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give www-data write permission to /home?

I have a problem on my server, I have a folder I set up /home/servers. but when I try to create a user in it with /home/servers/USERNAME (creating the directory BEFORE I create the user) I then use ...
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retreive data from folder on home partition

Since installing updates to unbuntu upgrade 13.10 I cannot log in as main user. Tried just about all the advice offered on this forum but nothing works. I need to do a clean install but I dont know ...
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Sharing Home Partition With Multtiple OS

How to share home partition with multiple OS? I installed Arch Linux after Ubuntu; but Arch it made separate home directory!
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Move /home/(user) folders to other location

Ubuntu 13.04 is installed on a SSD. I also have a HDD in the computer. I want the SSD to continue having relatively high speed for as long as possible. My /home/ folders (including the Desktop) tend ...
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Unwanted Graphic file in dash

Why do .jpg files appear in dash home after being downloaded? After I download a photograph, it automatically appears in dash under recent files
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Periodically a file with name “^-” written to home folder

I have been using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my system for about 5 months now. Since installing, I noticed that periodically there is a file written to my home directory that contains nothing inside of it. ...
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How does usermod determine that a user is logged in?

I simply wanted to change the location of the home directory, so I followed these instructions: usermod -d /path_to_new_dir a_user However, Ubuntu 12.04 responds: usermod: user a_user is currently ...
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BTRFS as Ubuntu 12.04 FS cannot mount / and /home

On formatting drive as BTRFS for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) I was getting an error about "Sparse file not allowed". Using this post at AskUbuntu: Message “Sparse file not allowed” after ...
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Root/admin can't access own home folder or desktop

I login as root/admin and why i can't access my own home folder, all things on desktop missing, bluetooth not work. Before this happen i try to decrypt my own home folder with my Ubuntu 12.10 LiveCD ...
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Unable to login in ubuntu

I was trying to disable the encrypted home directory and followed this guide How to disable encrypted home directory? Step 4 failed for some odd reason and so when i went to check a few folders in ...
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Ubntu 13.04 Dash Home Glitch

I seem to have a problem each time I open my 'dash home' (search your computer and online sources): my screen and graphics seem to completely bug out; I've tried the 'unity-- reset' command but that ...
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How can I stop the Desktop, Documents, Downloads folders from being created?

We have an Ubuntu server for which I do not have sudo access. Every time I log in, the folders Desktop, Documents, Downloads, and Library are created in my home directory. I don't want this to happen. ...
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How Can I Successfully Copy User Profiles With An Encrypted Home and Swap?

I followed the instructions in Can't Clone a User Profile? with only partial success. I get an error message that is something to the effect of cannot copy /'olduser' /../'newuser' unable to create ...
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cryptswap1 and encrypted home folder

During installation I chosed the option "encrypt home folder". I get the error, cryptswap1 was not mounted, when I start the system. I read the need of modification of fstab, but for I now all I want ...
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Dash Home freezing and cant connect to my internet

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my computer and right off the bat I cant open my dash home freezing my computer, so I have to hard shut it down. Also when I click on the wifi icon on the top ...