To quote from a previous post:
"Okay, so while it's possible to use SSH Public Key authentication to log into your system without entering a password (even if your home directory is encrypted), it's not possible to automatically mount your encrypted home directory."
This is the problem. While I appreciate that the password is used to unlock the passphrase, this means you need a password even when you arranged automatic login so you don't need a password. A better solution would be to use the remote authentication of the private key to unlock a second copy of the decryption passphrase and based on that unlock then allow the file system to be decrypted. In this way, I don;t need a password but only when an authorized and (public key) authenticated user logs in can the files be read.
"To solve this, you'll need to add a line to the end of your unmounted $HOME/.profile:
ecryptfs-mount-private This will ensure that after you've logged in using SSH Public Key authentication, you'll be prompted for your password and will mount your encrypted data. If it's already mounted, then this command should just silently succeed."
Except that it requires the password be typed. What should happen is that if your ssh succeeds, you should have access to the decrypted filesystem. So my question is, is there a work-around for this yet? Or lacking one, can someone who is in charge of that particular mechanism fix it to work this way?