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    Default Problem with encfs

    Hello,

    I'm testing encfs with kencfs utility but it gives me error in the mount point. I've also tried KDE4 servicemenu for EncFS and the same error: Can't mount the destination directory

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Problem with encfs

    Can you try running kencfs from the command line so you can see any additional output?

    If you are interested in another client, I like Cryptkeeper. If you can't find a Suse specific RPM the Fedora one has always worked fine for me.
    I'm currently using cryptkeeper-0.9.5-1.fc13.x86_64.rpm one Suse 13.1 - there are no Suse packages available is software.opensuse.org, though I see there are some for Suse 12.x now listed in RPM pbone.

    Installing the Fedora RPM will complain about missing FUSE, as the name is different in Suse. If you have FUSE installed you should be able to safely force the install and it should work fine. It's dependencies are pretty minimal.

    Cryptkeeper is a very simple client - not much to it, but that is one of the reasons I like it.

    I have a bit more info on encfs, cryptkeeper and dropbox in this article. You might try just manually mounting your encfs mount point in the command line to ensure encfs and fuse are working correctly.

    http://www.timelordz.com/blog/2011/0...g-local-files/

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    On Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:16:01 +0000, jony127 wrote:

    > but it gives me error in the mount point


    What is the specific error message you get?

    Don't leave us guessing - we can't fix "an error," but we might be able
    to guide you if we know what it is.

    Jim



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    the problem was that I was trying to mount a folder with files and it gave the error.

    If all the partition was encrypted, is it necessary to use encfs to upload files to the cloud?

    Encfs gives two options to encrypt aes and blowfish, which is better?

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    On Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:36:01 +0000, jony127 wrote:

    > the problem was that I was trying to mount a folder with files and it
    > gave the error.


    Does the destination directory exist? What filesystem is the destination
    directory in?

    > If all the partition was encrypted, is it necessary to use encfs to
    > upload files to the cloud?


    Depends on how you're synchronizing it, but probably, yes - because the
    sync to "the cloud" (whatever your cloud provider is) would work on the
    mounted directories, not on the underlying encrypted data (because it's
    partition-level encryption).

    If you use encfs and sync the encrypted directory, that will store the
    data in "the cloud" encrypted. (I use that option myself for a couple
    directories).

    > Encfs gives two options to encrypt aes and blowfish, which is better?


    It's about sixes, as I recall. I just went with the defaults myself, as
    I recall.

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    Default Re: Problem with encfs

    Quote Originally Posted by jony127 View Post
    <snip>

    Encfs gives two options to encrypt aes and blowfish, which is better?
    I do not know what set up options encfs offers for aes and blowfish, if the options are similar then mostly likey AES (Rijindael), which won the competition to be named AES, is better than blowfish. Bruce Schneier, the developer of blowfish, entered his newer development Twofish (based on blowfish) in the competition. As an aside, all the competitors were asked to give their opinion on how the competing ciphers should be ranked. After ranking their entry first they all ranked Rijindeal as second best.

    If you search, you will find pros and cons about using either AES or Blowfish. With a strong passphrase, either one will do a decent job of protecting your data from unwanted viewing, but it is all a matter of how valuable the data is to someone else.
    Its much easier and cheaper to guess your passphrase, steal your usb-key, or to threaten either you or your family;
    than to break a strong passphrase by bruteforce.

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    Default Re: Problem with encfs

    Just one more question. if I turn off the pc before without dismounting the folder, what happens?

    Thank you.

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    On Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:06:01 +0000, jony127 wrote:

    > Just one more question. if I turn off the pc before without dismounting
    > the folder, what happens?
    >
    > Thank you.


    The folder is dismounted when you reboot. It's not a "filesystem" like
    ext4 or btrfs is - it just provides an interface to the encrypted files
    on the already-mounted filesystem.

    FUSE filesystems (which this is one of) don't have fsck or equivalent
    features, because they use the underlying filesystem for file storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jony127 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm testing encfs with kencfs utility but it gives me error in the mount point. I've also tried KDE4 servicemenu for EncFS and the same error: Can't mount the destination directory

    Thank you.
    I'm trying to install kencfs too, but, I have this error running the first command to install; qmake-qt4:
    Code:
    pla@suseST-pla:/dati/agg/KDEapps/kencfs-1.3.0> qmake-qt4
    If 'qmake-qt4' is not a typo you can use command-not-found to lookup the package that contains it, like this:
        cnf qmake-qt4
    pla@suseST-pla:/dati/agg/KDEapps/kencfs-1.3.0> cnf qmake
                         
    Program 'qmake' is present in package 'libqt4-devel', which is installed on your system.
    
    Absolute path to 'qmake' is '/usr/bin/qmake'. Please check your $PATH variable to see whether it contains the mentioned path.
    
    pla@suseST-pla:/dati/agg/KDEapps/kencfs-1.3.0> /usr/bin/qmake-qt4
    bash: /usr/bin/qmake-qt4: No such file or directory
    pla@suseST-pla:/dati/agg/KDEapps/kencfs-1.3.0> cnf qmake-qt4
    qmake-qt4: command not found                          
    pla@suseST-pla:/dati/agg/KDEapps/kencfs-1.3.0> /usr/bin/qmake/qmake-qt4
    bash: /usr/bin/qmake/qmake-qt4: Not a directory
    pla@suseST-pla:/dati/agg/KDEapps/kencfs-1.3.0>
    how can I run qmake-qt4??
    and where can I found KDE4 servicemenu for EncFS??
    manythanx, :-) ciao :-) pier

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    On 03/17/2014 01:06 PM, pier andreit pecked at the keyboard and wrote:
    > KDE4 servicemenu for EncFS


    Google?

    KDE4 servicemenu for EncFS opensuse

    Returns a few hits.

    Ken

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