[Question #42611]: Encrypted log files?

Richard Laager rlaager at wiktel.com
Wed Aug 20 12:51:09 EDT 2008

On Wed, 2008-08-20 at 08:53 +0100, Brian Morrison wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 07:30:33 -0000
> l33ting disorder <question42611 at answers.launchpad.net> wrote:
> > It seems that with filesystem-level encryption, I'd need to enter my
> > password in order for pidgin to be able to write the logs.
> > 
> > I'd like pidgin to be able to write to the log dir without me having to
> > enter my password, but require a password to read from the log dir.

This could be done, but really, filesystem encryption is the way to go.
In practice, you're going to enter your passphrase once at bootup and
then you'll just lock the screen with your login password while it's

> Well, if you are using filesystem encryption and want everything to
> work without any pass-phrase, how does that count as extra security?

Google for "Public key cryptography".

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