Ubuntu: Ubuntu One sync notifications not showing when using Encfs



Question:

I have followed How can I encrypt data in Ubuntu One or Dropbox? to set up Ubuntu One with Encfs. It's working well and I can save files on one device and instantly read them on the other. I have verified that the files are truly encrypted by trying to download them from the Ubuntu One web interface.

The only problem is that I am not getting notification messages from Ubuntu One when I add new files or when new files are synced. Also, there are no helpful "Syncing" and "Checked" indicators superimposed over my file's icons so I have no way of knowing when a file has finished syncing.

Have I don't something wrong or missed something in the setup, or is this just a trade-off I have to accept if I want to use Encfs with Ubuntu One?

If it's the latter, are there any alternative ways of encryping on a per-file basis on Ubuntu One?


Solution:1

Make sure you are looking at the encrypted folder path to see the emblems. Ubuntu One doesn't know anything about the decrypted mount, so viewing it won't show any emblems. I don't know if there's any good way to go about making that work, technically, either. It may be something that the gnome-encfs package might need to provide via a Nautilus extension, showing the same emblems on the decrypted files, that are set on the encrypted files, updating automatically.

As for the notifications, you should be getting them, but they will have the names/paths of the encrypted files, which may also be confusing you if you're expecting the decrypted file names. This is also because Ubuntu One doesn't know anything about the decrypted mount point. I don't think there is any way to work around this technically.


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