ecryptfs-recover-private [--rw] [encrypted private dir]
This utility is intended to help eCryptfs recover data from their
encrypted home or encrypted private partitions. It is useful to run
this from a LiveISO or a recovery image. It must run under sudo(8) or
with root permission, in order to search the filesystem and perform the
The program can take a target encrypted directory on the command line.
If unspecified, the utility will search the entire system looking for
encrypted private directories, as configured by ecryptfs-setup-pri-
If an encrypted directory and a wrapped-passphrase file are found, the
user is prompted for the login (wrapping) passphrase, the keys are
inserted into the keyring, and the data is decrypted and mounted.
If no wrapped-passphrase file is found, the user will be prompted for
their mount passphrase. This passphrase is typically 32 characters of
[0-9a-f]. All users are prompted to urgently record this randomly gen-
erated passphrase when they first setup their encrypted private direc-
The destination mount of the decrypted data is a temporary directory,
in the form of /tmp/ecryptfs.XXXXXXXX.
By default, the mount will be read-only. To mount with read and write
permission, add the --rw parameter.
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