I'm dual booting windows and ubuntu. Apparently I encrypted my home folder when I installed ubuntu, though I don't remember choosing that. I tried to access files on the ubuntu partition while running windows, and now ecryptfs has made it so that I cant access my home folder.
There is a README file, when I click on it i get "This link cannot be used because its target “\usr\share\ecryptfs-utils\ecryptfs-mount-private.txt” doesn't exist."
There is a file called Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop, when I click on it I get "This link cannot be used because its target “\usr\share\ecryptfs-utils\ecryptfs-mount-private.desktop” doesn't exist."
If I navigate to \usr\share\ecryptfs-utils\ then I find ecryptfs-mount-private.desktop is there. When I click on it a window opens then closes very quickly and a question mark box appears on the launcher bar, then after a minute it goes away without seeming to do anything.
Reading other posts online, I tried
sudo ecrypt-recover-private and I get here
chris@chris-M11xR3:~$ sudo ecryptfs-recover-private INFO: Searching for encrypted private directories (this might take a while)... INFO: Found [/home/.ecryptfs/chris/.Private]. Try to recover this directory? [Y/n]: y INFO: Found your wrapped-passphrase Do you know your LOGIN passphrase? [Y/n] nixie09 INFO: To recover this directory, you MUST have your original MOUNT passphrase. INFO: When you first setup your encrypted private directory, you were told to record INFO: your MOUNT passphrase. INFO: It should be 32 characters long, consisting of [0-9] and [a-f]. Enter your MOUNT passphrase:
The problem now is that I don't know the passphrase. I've seen things that suggest its possible to recover it using ecrypt-unwrap-passphrase, but I get this
chris@chris-M11xR3:~$ sudo ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase [sudo] password for chris: stat: No such file or directory Usage: ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase [file] or printf "%s" "wrapping passphrase" | ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase [file] -
and again I'm stuck.
Please help, I desperately need some of the files I was working on earlier today.