problem with cryptkeeper (2nd time)

Colin Law clanlaw at
Mon Nov 12 14:03:43 UTC 2012

On 12 November 2012 13:44, Joep L. Blom <jlblom at> wrote:
> On 12/11/12 13:10, Colin Law wrote:
>> Not a solution for your underlying problem, but if you are stuck, and
>> since you were able to access it under 10.04, you may be able to
>> access the data by booting off a 10.04 live CD/USB.  If this works it
>> might be informative to know whether you can access it booting off a
>> live 12.04 image.
>> I presume you have tried decrypting a previous backup of the file
>> using your upgraded system.
>> Also it might be worth logging on as a different user to decrypt it in
>> case it is something in your user settings that has gone awry, though
>> that does not look likely.
>> Colin
> Colin,
> Thanks for the suggestion. I think I have a 10.04 somewhere as a vmware
> guest and will try that. I didn't use a backup but the normal encrypted file
> as it was in my home directory and I assume that an upgrade honours that and
> doesn't touch files there.

You are right, it should not be changed by an upgrade.  However, for
the future, any file that contains important data should be backed up
regularly.  After all a disc or PC can go up in smoke (literally or
metaphorically) at any moment, or a user error can delete or corrupt a
file very easily.

> However, I cannot imagine that something in cryptkeeper has changed as the
> version hasn't changed.

Well it appears that something has changed or you would not have the problem.

Don't forget to try it loging on as a different user.


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