Ubuntu – Encrypted Home directory not auto mounting


I somehow managed to break auto-mounting for my encrypted home directory.

Every time I login via SSH, I see this:

valorin@joshua:~$ ls -la
total 44
dr-x------ 3 valorin valorin  4096 2012-03-17 17:10 .
drwxr-xr-x 7 root    root     4096 2012-03-17 11:45 ..
lrwxrwxrwx 1 valorin valorin    56 2012-03-08 20:37 Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop -> /usr/share/ecryptfs-utils/ecryptfs-mount-private.desktop
-rw------- 1 valorin valorin   917 2012-03-17 19:24 .bash_history
drwx------ 3 valorin valorin  4096 2012-03-16 17:58 .cache
lrwxrwxrwx 1 valorin valorin    33 2012-03-08 20:37 .ecryptfs -> /home/.ecryptfs/valorin/.ecryptfs
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root    21954 2012-03-08 20:35 .face
lrwxrwxrwx 1 valorin valorin    32 2012-03-08 20:37 .Private -> /home/.ecryptfs/valorin/.Private
lrwxrwxrwx 1 valorin valorin    52 2012-03-08 20:37 README.txt -> /usr/share/ecryptfs-utils/ecryptfs-mount-private.txt
-rw------- 1 root    root      703 2012-03-17 17:10 .viminfo

Any ideas what I've done, and how I can fix it?


I have set up the SSH key authentication using the method here, which in hindsight is the reason for the non-working encrypted home directory.

So, my new question, how do I get it to automatically prompt for the password after I have logged in with the SSH auth key?

Best Answer

Okay, so while it's possible to use SSH Public Key authentication to log into your system without entering a password (even if your home directory is encrypted), it's not possible to automatically mount your encrypted home directory.

To solve this, you'll need to add a line to the end of your unmounted $HOME/.profile:


This will ensure that after you've logged in using SSH Public Key authentication, you'll be prompted for your password and will mount your encrypted data. If it's already mounted, then this command should just silently succeed.


Full disclosure: I'm one of the authors and maintainers of eCryptfs.