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On my laptop I actually have a folder where I store personal data which I don't want to share:

private_folder
├── baz
│   └── secret_file_3
└── foo
    └── bar
        ├── secret_file_1
        └── secret_file_2

But in case my laptop was stolen, I want this data to be protected by encryption.

My favourite taste about this, would be to archive then encrypt my folder, like this:

$ tar -cf private_folder.tar private_folder
$ gpg --symmetric --cipher-algo AES256 private_folder.tar
$ rm -r private_folder private_folder.tar

Then I would like this encrypted tar file to be mountable, with read/write access on runtime, in order to use its content as any other directory.

I know it's easy to mount a simple tar file (i.e. with archivemount), but what about a gpg-encrypted tar file?

  • Found this link a bit late superuser.com/questions/926754/…, will give feedback if something interesting happened – yolenoyer Oct 3 '19 at 21:56
  • Roughly how much data is stored? If there's a lot you might want to consider an encrypted volume using LUKS since random access isn't a strong point of tar – Torin Oct 3 '19 at 22:16
  • @Torin not very much data: something between Kb and a few Mb – yolenoyer Oct 3 '19 at 22:25

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