I recently attempted to update from 14.04 to 16.04, unfortunately my power went out and the computer shutdown breaking my installation, so I reinstalled without formatting.
I figured this would be no problem since I was able to keep the original
/home/user file and I could just copy my files onto an external once a working install was running.
Sadly the new install seems to be a bit wonky as well so I am planning to just format and reinstall as soon as I am able to copy my files from the old home folder.
I've gotten as far as running:
sudo ecryptfs-recover-private /home/user
which successfully mounted the old home folder in
/tmp after inputting the encryption key, or so it seems.
The problem is that when I try to launch
nautilus from the terminal and view the files in the
/temp/ecryptfs/xxxx to copy them, it's just the file
access-your-private-data.desktop and the README file telling me to run
ecryptfs-mount-private. But this always returns:
ERROR: Encrypted private directory is not setup properly
If I open the
.desktop file it opens a terminal asking for login password. I enter the password then something opens and closes very rapidly then nothing.
I tried following someone's directions to setup a new user account and make it the new owner of the old
/home/user, with the same result.
I have an external hd, a flash drive formated as a liveOS, and even a second comp at the ready.
How can I access my files?