I wanted to encrypt a directory in such a way that the directory will stay encrypted after I login and only when I deliberately enter my passphase will the content of the directory be decrypted. I did the following

mkdir ./secret
chmod 700 secret
sudo mount -t ecryptfs ./secret ./secret

Answered all the questions with sensible answers and check with

>mount |grep secret
/home/myname/mydir/secret on /home/myname/mydir/secret type ecryptfs (rw,relatime,ecryptfs_fnek_sig=xxxxxx,ecryptfs_sig=yyyyyy,ecryptfs_cipher=aes,ecryptfs_key_bytes=16,ecryptfs_unlink_sigs)

and then placed some files into ./secret , checked the files are accessible (which is suppose to be). Then I unmount the directory so that it stays encrypted.

sudo umount ./secret

Checked again now all the files are encrypted (also filenames). Then I want to access the files I tried to mount it back using the following line

sudo mount ./secret ./secret -o key=passphrase,ecryptfs_cipher=aes,ecryptfs_key_bytes=16,ecryptfs_passthrough=no,ecryptfs_enable_filename_crypto=yes

But I got a

mount: /home/myname/mydir/secret: /home/myname/mydir/secret is not a block device.

Did I missing something when first setup the mount point?

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  • You mounted it on top of itself... that's rather confusing, especially for testing – Xen2050 Nov 29 '17 at 9:04

OK after studying a bit I realized for my case I need to specify the -t ecryptfs again in my mount command:

sudo mount -t ecryptfs ./secret ./secret -o key=passphrase,ecryptfs_cipher=aes,ecryptfs_key_bytes=16,ecryptfs_passthrough=no,ecryptfs_enable_filename_crypto=yes

And then it worked.

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