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automount encrypted USB drive

asked 2013-02-05 15:10:08 -0500

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I have an external USB hard drive which I encrypted with TrueCrypt. I've just started using Fedora 18 wit the LXDE spin. I would like my USB drive to be mounted automatically when it gets connected. I have managed to use tcplay and mount "by hand", but only as root, and I would also like this to happen without needing root privileges. Ultimately I'm going to have a backup script run. I've searched around, but I'm unclear what is available to me with Fedora & LXDE. It seems like some solutions exist at the desktop manager level, whereas others (udisks, udev?) are presumably lower down.

Should I be looking into udev for this task?

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answered 2013-09-03 23:32:51 -0500

There is a project called zuluCrypt[1] that will allow you to do what you want.

The project has a GUI and CLI interfaces that run without needing root's password.

zuluMount,a component of the project can automount unecrypted volumes.Encrypted devices can not get automounted since a user will have to provide a password to unlock them.

[1] i can not seem to be able to add a link to the project,just google the name of the project to find it

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answered 2013-07-19 10:46:13 -0500

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updated 2013-09-03 23:53:38 -0500

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The easiest way for not needing to be root would be to allow your user to execute the specific task with superuser privileges and without a password. For that you just have to put an entry in /etc/sudoers.

If you want automount, however, I would indeed suggest creating a udev rule for that. An example of automounting encrypted usb devices (using LUKS not TrueCrypt) can be found here:

This one is taken from the German Arch Wiki, but you should find a lot of examples once you start searching :-)

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