Ubuntu encrypted user directory fubarred

Michael Torrie torriem at gmail.com
Sat Nov 14 17:55:05 MST 2009

Charles Curley wrote:
> It's very readable as root.

If /etc it's not readable to a non-root user you have some very strange
permission issues.

> None the less, it's a new hard drive.

You're right.  Sounds like it's not a disk failure.  But being a new
drive has very little to do with a failure.  It's very possible to lose
new drives right off the bat.  Apparently it's best to proof a drive for
a month before using it to store you data.  At least that's what Google
does.  Not sure if that means to just spin it for a month, or read and
write random data to it.

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