I'd like to encrypt my home folder in CentOS. I notice Dovecot has created directories and files under ~/mail. If I encrypt, will my email stop working (remote access over imap and smtp)?

  • @Christopher - so daemons such as dovecot can still use the data? I think my confusion is that, dovecot would not have my decryption key. Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 18:54

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Your unencrypted directory is available only when you are logged in, it's a fake filesystem provided by the decryption program. When you're logged out, the fake (decrypted) filesystem does not exist. dovecot, at, cron cannot see it.

Reconfigure dovecot to only use files/dirs that exist while you're logged out.

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