doc(s) for "ecryptfs-setup-private" don't mention needing ecryptfs group

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at
Sat Dec 28 08:24:44 UTC 2013

  as a trainer, one of the banes of my existence is the omission of
sometimes critical bits of info in the midst of a set of instructions.
for an upcoming class, i wanted to show a simple example of how to use
ecryptfs to create a simple encrypted "Private" directory, so i
googled and found one over at archlinux:

seems like that would work for any recent distro, so i decided to
start by running the "simple" example:

as a regular user on my fedora 20 system, and immediately got:

ERROR:  User needs to be a member of ecryptfs group

  sure enough, the wrapper script ecryptfs-setup-private explicitly
checks that the caller is a member of that existing group, but the
archlinux page doesn't mention that requirement and neither does the
man page for that script on fedora.

  while this sounds niggling, it is one of the things that can drive
someone a bit batty as they (me) think, "wait ... did i miss
something? did i not read properly?" is this something that deserves a
low-priority bug report to mention this in the man page?



Robert P. J. Day                                 Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA


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