[Need testers] Conceal: an encrypted folder manager for Linux

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Sat Sep 8 01:08:05 UTC 2007

On 08/09/2007 07:52 PM, NoOp wrote:
> On 08/09/2007 02:43 PM, Kevin Dunglas wrote:
>> Hi,
>> a public version of my Summer of Code Project is available.
>> It's a set of tools to encrypt directories on Linux and especially
>> Ubuntu. It includes:
>> - a Python module
>> - a command line tool
>> - a GTK interface
>> - a highly experimental KDE interface
>> I need feedbacks to debug, stabilize this software :)
>> You can get source, Ubuntu packages and a more detailed article on my blog :
>> http://life.lapin-blanc.net/blog/keyes/2007/08/09/conceal-encrypted-folder-manager
>> Thanks.
> I'll give it a go tomorrow.
> Gary

Delayed followup (I finally got around to some brief testing today):

1. Command line works, & conceal-gtk works, but the interface is rather
conceal-gtk kludgy. There is a "Help" button, but no help. Command line
'conceal -help' consists of:

conceal -help
Usage: conceal [options]

  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
                        encrypt DIRECTORY
                        close DIRECTORY
                        open encrypted DIRECTORY
  -i IDLE, --idle=IDLE  automaticaly close after IDLE time
                        decrypt DIRECTORY
  -p DIRECTORY, --change-password=DIRECTORY
                        change the password of DIRECTORY
  -l, --clean           Clean directories list
  -s, --stdin           Get input from stdin

2. Nautilus Conceal does not work at all. There is no right-click and no
drag & drop. And even right clicking on the files that are moved to
.conceal/crypt/somerandomname does not bring up conceal-gtk.

3. Removal of conceal (sudo apt-get remove conceal - which removes
conceal conceal-gtk nautilus-conceal) does not remove the .conceal
directory or files - which is probably a good thing. However, reinstall
& running of conceal-gtk brings up the gui but selection of the old
files w/correct password results in loss of *all* files previously
encrypted during the original install & encryption.

Sorry, but unless I've missed something obvious I give the project a big
thumbs down.


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