using encfs on sshfs-mounted filesytem

D. R. Evans doc.evans at
Thu Jun 28 16:11:34 UTC 2007

Matthew Flaschen said the following at 06/27/2007 11:32 PM :
> D. R. Evans wrote:
>> Someone on slashdot today posted a couple of interesting facts:
>> 1. All AIM users have access to 100MB of free space on
>> that can be mounted with sshfs
> Can we get details or a link? :)

search the page for "sshfs"

>> [H:~] ls -al /home/n7dr/aol-crypt
>> total 8
>> drwxrwxr-x   1 5022  501 4096 2007-06-27 20:51 .
>> drwxr-xr-x 101 n7dr n7dr 4096 2007-06-27 20:28 ..
>> [H:~] touch /home/n7dr/aol-crypt/newfile
>> touch: cannot touch `/home/n7dr/aol-crypt/newfile': Permission denied
>> <why can't I write??>
> The permissions are wrong.  Note that the user is 5022 and the group
> 4096.  You can try:

Well, yes, exactly. I have no idea where that user number and group came
from; they don't mean anything to me. I guess I should have said, "I
understand that the permissions tell me that I can't write, but why did I
end up with these silly user/group numbers, and how do I fix them to be
something sensible?"

> sudo chown -R n7dr:n7dr /home/n7dr/aol-crypt
> I don't know if this will work, because I'm not familiar with encfs, and
> not that knowledgeable about encfs.

One can't do that because encfs filesystems are by default not visible to
root, only to the user that created them.


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