I have ubuntu installed on a Dell laptop. It was in sleep mode (lid closed) and with low battery charge. When I open it the login screen appear and the laptop turned of (with no power).

After I plug it in and power it on I could not login... looking in forum I found some cases so I block auto mount in fstab, restarted the SO, login from terminal (CTRL +F1) and run

e2fsck -yc /dev/sda2 

75/0/0 erros founded and "fixed".

Now, when I mount the sda2 partition (sudo mount /dev/sda2 /home) I see Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop and README.txt like spected but the .Private shortcut that points to /home/.ecryptfs/username/.Private is broken... there is no /home/.ecryptfs folder...

df -h show that only 7Gb of 800Gb is free... so my files is there!

and the lost+found folder is full of files and folders named with #somenumber

the ecryptfs-recover-private says:

find: ‘/run/user/112/gvfs’: Permission denied

and find nothing...

any sugestions?


Thanks guys for the quick return. So... I created another user using only the sda1 partition and the automount still disabled in /etc/fstab

UUID=cf40cc55-18f3-4a20-a5ab-901522d6d383   /   ext4    errors=remount-ro   0       1
#UUID=6ef2647e-1847-4e0e-9a2a-c95ff78a89e4  /home   ext4    defaults        0       2
#/swapfile                      none    swap    sw      0   0

...now I can login with the new user:

What is weird

I have face this problem before, and recover worked well using ecryptfs-recover-private command like metioned by Seppo Erviälä here , but now I see that the .Private shortcut points to nothing...

I logged in with the new user and mounted the partition (just clcking in taskbar shortcut). Now sda2 is mounted in /media/bocapio/6ef2647e-1847-4e0e-9a2a-c95ff78a89e4

listing content of this folder

ls -lah

drwxr-xr-x    8 root    root  4,0K Abr 27 18:53 .
drwxr-x---+   3 root    root  4,0K Abr 28 18:24 ..
drwx------  164 root    root   16K Set  3  2014 lost+found
dr-x------    2 lucas   lucas 4,0K Abr 25 18:00 lucas

but there is no .Private folder! sudo find /media -type d -name .Private returns nothig! sudo find /media -type d -name .ecryptfs returns nothing!

I'm afraid that the .Private folder was moved to lost+found folder...

sorry for the first poor explanation...

marked as duplicate by David Foerster, Fabby, karel, Eric Carvalho, George Udosen Apr 28 '18 at 19:15

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