file-level encryption using ecryptfs seems unnaturally easy… too easy some would say.
sure, full-disk should be better, I just want to have a way to hide stuff from prying eyes.

basically you just point it to a folder and that’s it. suspiciously easy.

you need: ecryptfs-utils (via your friendly package manager or compile it yourself…)

then just go and mount the directory using -t ecryptfs

 sudo mount -t ecryptfs ~/cat_pictures/ ~/cat_pictures/

this will encrypt the folder “cat_pictures” in your home folder. Be sure it exists but is empty when you run this for the first time (otherwise already existing data will not be encrypted)

it does ask some questions: remember the “passphrase” is the key to decrypt the data.

Select cipher: 
 1) aes: blocksize = 16; min keysize = 16; max keysize = 32
 2) blowfish: blocksize = 8; min keysize = 16; max keysize = 56
 3) des3_ede: blocksize = 8; min keysize = 24; max keysize = 24
 4) twofish: blocksize = 16; min keysize = 16; max keysize = 32
 5) cast6: blocksize = 16; min keysize = 16; max keysize = 32
 6) cast5: blocksize = 8; min keysize = 5; max keysize = 16
Selection [aes]: 
Select key bytes: 
 1) 16
 2) 32
 3) 24
Selection [16]: 
Enable plaintext passthrough (y/n) [n]: 
Enable filename encryption (y/n) [n]: 
Attempting to mount with the following options:
WARNING: Based on the contents of [/root/.ecryptfs/sig-cache.txt],
it looks like you have never mounted with this key 
before. This could mean that you have typed your 
passphrase wrong.

Would you like to proceed with the mount (yes/no)? : yes
Would you like to append sig [XXXXXXXXXXXXXx] to
in order to avoid this warning in the future (yes/no)? : yes
Successfully appended new sig to user sig cache file
Mounted eCryptfs

that’s it – the folder is now mounted. Go and fill it with data.

unmount with

sudo umount ~/cat_pictures/

if you want to mount it again

sudo mount -t ecryptfs ~/cat_pictures/ ~/cat_pictures/

mind you, all options need to be answered in the same way… so you could make this easier by creating a script.. or using a wrapper.. but then, what’s the point of encryption if you store the key in a file???




I was this years old when I discovered that those two are an incredible combination… and I will probably regret this discovery ;)

so.. no pancakes today, I guess

Foor good luck

So Alfa Romeo race drivers put a cloverleaf on their cars for good luck. I think this needed a 21st century upgrade.

After 10 years of lease cars I am thrilled to actually OWN a car where I can slap stickers on or drill holes into it becauseā€¦ its MINE and no one can stop me ^ ^ (besides maybe the RDW)

ZFS and old hardware

I got my nands on an old Fujitsu MX microserver and decided to give proxmox a spin. Some notes:

4 x HDD from old laptops perform well without sync… use with caution and have backups.

root@proxmox:~# pveperf /XXX-raid/
CPU BOGOMIPS: 55998.56
HD SIZE: 899.00 GB (XXX-raid)
DNS EXT: 38.15 ms
DNS INT: 20.83 ms (home)

root@proxmox:~# zfs set sync=disabled XXX-raid

~# pveperf /XXX-raid/
CPU BOGOMIPS: 55998.56
HD SIZE: 899.00 GB (XXX-raid)
DNS EXT: 39.74 ms
DNS INT: 21.05 ms (home

adding two SSDs in front of two slow harddisks have the same effect. (add them as ZIL for IOPS, add them as LOG to mitigate write delays / latency)

benchmark with pveperf first, then with fio

Mind your ashift. 12 == 4k, 9 == 512b

fastest way to zap disks to use them:
gdisk /dev/sda
'x' for extra commands
'z' for zap

upgrade time

nice example what some IKEA and a couple of days can make of a sad balcony

this year’s birthday project has been successfully executed.


the glowy stones are solar powered and are as useless as they are cool


I don’t feel a thing
And I stopped remembering
The days are just like moments turned to hours
Mother used to say
If you want, you’ll find a way
But mother never danced through fire showers

I walk in the rain
Is it right or is it wrong
And is it here that I belong

I don’t hear a sound
Silent faces in the ground
The quiet screams, but I refuse to listen
If there is a hell
I’m sure this is how it smells
Wish this were a dream, but no, it isn’t

I walk in the rain
Why do I feel so alone
For some reason I think of home

The Seatbelts

The voice of Mai Yamane adds 20% more blue to this already sad piece. <3

Also: Pretty much my base emotion from November till March. Every year…