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    Question Partition encryption on OpenSUSE 11

    Hi,

    Really liking OpenSUSE 11 and am considering encrypting my home partition.

    Got some q's tho please

    1) To encrypt my current /home would i have to recreate the partition as an encrypted partition and then copy my data onto it? Or can i encrypt whilst its in situ?

    2) How would the encryption work? Would i be able to change the password to my account and still have access to /home

    3) Is it supported for future updates? or would it be a case of backing up data, wiping and starting again with an encrypted partition?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Partition encryption on OpenSUSE 11

    yeleek schrieb:
    > Hi,
    >
    > Really liking OpenSUSE 11 and am considering encrypting my home
    > partition.
    >
    > Got some q's tho please
    >
    > 1) To encrypt my current /home would i have to recreate the partition
    > as an encrypted partition and then copy my data onto it? Or can i
    > encrypt whilst its in situ?


    You have to copy it. If you don't want to make a new partition you can
    also use a file which is mounted to /home.

    > 2) How would the encryption work? Would i be able to change the
    > password to my account and still have access to /home


    account pw and crypto pw are 2 different things. Note:you can't change
    the crypto pw (afaik).

    > 3) Is it supported for future updates? or would it be a case of
    > backing up data, wiping and starting again with an encrypted
    > partition?


    Update usually works. During the installation you have to set it up in
    the partitioner.

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    Default Re: Partition encryption on OpenSUSE 11

    here is a how to

    Encrypted Root File System - openSUSE

    hope this helps and answers some of your questions.

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    Default Re: Partition encryption on OpenSUSE 11

    THanks for that!

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