How do I change the location of ~/Private and ~/.Private? (was: hardcoded paths are sinful)

Asked by Gionn

Binary package hint: ecryptfs-utils

Both mouting directory and crypted file folder are hardcoded as ~/Private and ~/.Private

My use case is to have a Private folder inside my Dropbox (, so both folders should be relocated from ~/ to ~/Dropbox.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: ecryptfs-utils 83-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.33-generic-pae
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia wl
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Oct 5 21:11:17 2010
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429)
SourcePackage: ecryptfs-utils

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This question was originally filed as bug #655319.

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Gionn (giovanni.toraldo) said :
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Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) said :

Converting this to a question.

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Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) said :

Hmm, actually, you can change the name of the mountpoint easily to any directory you want (that you own), in the configuration file:

I just did this to change the mount point:
 $ mkdir $HOME/Dropbox
 $ echo $HOME/Dropbox > $HOME/.ecryptfs/Private.mnt

And I did this to move the underlying data directory:
 $ mv $HOME/.Private $HOME/.Foobar
 $ ln -s $HOME/.Foobar $HOME/.Private

And then I used ecryptfs-umount-private and ecryptfs-mount-private to test it.

Worked like a charm.

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