I actually messed up with my original administrator account which is . The problem was the unity won't start properly. It's just that, it only shows the background and some few icons on the top bar and nothing else.

I decided to create a new user and assign administrative privilege to it . So now, I thought I could just access the home directory of , since all of my files are there, but then I'm not permitted. I thought, I could just change the ownership and shipt it over to , so that's what I did. I tried to chown home directory to be the ownership of . I thought, that was all okay. After I restart, and was very expecting that I could easily access the home directory of , I was surprised that the files and folders are gone? As I've checked on the terminal it is being unmounted.

From the README, it said to use the ecryptfs-mount-private but every time I do, it's not working :(

From user , I tried to sudo su And then, go inside the home directory of , and entered ecryptfs-mount-private ERROR: Encrypted private directory is not setup properly

I really need to get my files :( .. what should I do? any advice?


The easiest way to get a hold of your files is to boot into your LiveCD and copy your old /home directory to your new /home directory. By using the LiveCD, you totally bypass the operating system's protection. Just be careful you don't mess around too much, as you won't get any warnings. Good luck!

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  • Hi, thank you for your response. I really appreciate it. I think, your suggestion is rightful answer, but though I can afford to wait more time just to get a copy of the live cd, therefore I took a gamble on changing again the ownership of the files inside .Private directory. It actually work! :) – Teody C. Seguin Nov 17 '13 at 1:14

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