Truecrypt on OpenSUSE 11.2

Hi,

I’d like to know how I can install truecrypt on Opensuse 11.2 32 bits. I’ve made a search trough Yast and the opensuse 1-click install website but could not find any package for truecrypt.

Is there an alternative way to install with software? (I am quite a newbie to Linux, so any solution that does not fall into the category of Yast or web-based installation of packages will be exotic for me :D)

Thanks

Hi
You would need to build yourself as it’s a blacklisted application.
http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-buildservice/2008-10/msg00055.html


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OK,

I wasn’t aware of those legal issues. Thank you very much for the link. Do you have any alternative software to suggest?

Hi
There is nothing stopping you from building it yourself :wink: I have also
asked on the mailing list for confirmation of the status, so when I get
a reply I can update :slight_smile:


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I guess I could try… although the last time I’ve built/compiled a software myself, I probably did not use the proper method and ended up not knowing where/what I compiled the software… Is there a clean way to build from source and make yast or another system management program aware of this build?

Hi
I recommend reading up on how to package rpms. You could then have a
directory on your system that can be setup as a local repository via
YaST Software Repositories and the ‘plain rpm’ check box selected.


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Truecrypt is included in the packman repo but is rebranded as “realcrypt”. It’s the truecrypt software with a different name, so you don’t need to compile/build yourself.

Go herefor a one-click install link.

On 2010-07-14 13:56 GMT pomchip wrote:

>
> OK,
>
> I wasn’t aware of those legal issues. Thank you very much for the
> link. Do you have any alternative software to suggest?

The kernel supports encrypted filesystem out of the box. You don’t need
anything else.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” GM (Minas Tirith))

Perhaps you don’t need anything else, but truecrypt/realcrypt supports a multitude of features that the kernel encryption does not. (Hidden OS, portable containers, plausible deniability, etc.)

Well,

My main concern is to be able to access in Linux to a encrypted external drive I have created with truecrypt on a Windows installation (which crashed :frowning: ). So, I guess I need the real thing.

Anyway, i was able to get truecrypt install on my opensuse box. I’ll have a look at realcrypt when I get a chance. Apparently, truecrypt and realcrypt cannot co-exist on the same system.

Thanks to all for your help.

On 2010-07-15 15:36 GMT queequeg wrote:

>
> Carlos E. R.;2188689 Wrote:
> >
> > The kernel supports encrypted filesystem out of the box. You don’t
> > need anything else.
> >
>
> Perhaps _you__don’t need anything else, but truecrypt/realcrypt
> supports a multitude of features that the kernel encryption does not.
> (Hidden OS, portable containers, plausible deniability, etc.)

My meaning is that you don’t need to get anything extra in order to
use kernel encryption, not that you don’t need features truecrypt may
have.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” GM (Minas Tirith))

Ah, sorry I misunderstood.

Hi! So how did you finally manage to get truecrypt running? I have just started as a Linux newbie to test openSuse 11.3.
I have one harddisk with three partitions:

  1. primary, with a Win-XP system and a load of programmes, all TC-encrypted
  2. logical, only as a data partition, all TC-encrypted
  3. logical, containing the Linux system
    So far, NOTHING works. I either get grub showing me an XP-System to start (which of course doesn’t work, because the TC preboot loader does not start) and the Linux system (when choosing this, Linux starts as expected, but I cannot access my other partitions, because TC is not installed in Linux) OR I restore the original TC preboot loader (which yields me a working start of the XP system, but no Linux option).

How do I have to set up the system to get the following functionality:
a) TC preboot loader asks for the password
b) grub or XP boot manager (which ever works better) shows me a dialog to choose either XP or Linux to start
c) XP or Linux starting and giving me access to my encrypted data-partition??

Please help. If I do NOT get this problem fixed, I will have to kick off Linux and return to Windows (and THAT would be a shame, wouldn’t it?:))))

On 2011-01-31 16:36, BodenSeepferd wrote:
>
> Hi! So how did you finally manage to get truecrypt running? I have just
> started as a Linux newbie to test openSuse 11.3.
> I have one harddisk with three partitions:
> 1) primary, with a Win-XP system and a load of programmes, all
> TC-encrypted
> 2) logical, only as a data partition, all TC-encrypted
> 3) logical, containing the Linux system
> So far, NOTHING works. I either get grub showing me an XP-System to
> start (which of course doesn’t work, because the TC preboot loader does
> not start) and the Linux system (when choosing this, Linux starts as
> expected, but I cannot access my other partitions, because TC is not
> installed in Linux) OR I restore the original TC preboot loader (which
> yields me a working start of the XP system, but no Linux option).

I would post on a new thread.

My guess is that you installed grub in the MBR, which destroyed the boot
code you need with TC. It might work if you restored that MBR code, then
boot grub in a marked partition. Or perhaps not.

> Please help. If I do NOT get this problem fixed, I will have to kick
> off Linux and return to Windows (and THAT would be a shame, wouldn’t
> it?:))))

You would need to ask TC for support. See if they have a forum or QA
section. I have never used TC, I use native Linux solutions.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)

HI,

I just wanted to put in a word of thanks to Queequeg for the tip on installing realcrypt from Packman. I had a disk with a large file someone had encrypted and password protected in Truecrypt, and realcrypt did the trick.

Here were the steps I took:

  1. added Packman repository via zypper:

zypper addrepo --repo http://packman.inode.at/suse/11.4/packman.repo

  1. installed via zypper:

zypper in realcrypt

This installed an additional 11 dependencies, including several necessary libraries - this would have been a gigantic pain without zypper and the realcrypt RPM on Packman!!

  1. I was looking for where the program could be started from - in KDE I found it installed with a menu item called “Realcrypt GUI” under System - Security.

  2. I opened Realcrypt, located the encrypted file, entered password, and told it to mount at mount point “1” in the GUI. However, I did not know what mount point “1” corresponded to in the actual file system. I immediately opened “My Computer” in KDE, and saw that it was mounted as /media/realcrypt1. Almost too easy!

Thanks again to Queequeg - I appreciate your advice on this package earlier in the thread - saved me a lot of time.