Encryption -- Gaaaaaah!
I read up that EncFS supposedly loads in user space and not the kernel, and this led me to believe that I could install EncFS and have a folder that was encrypted in just a few steps. No mucking with the kernel, I thought.
So then I discovered in Ubuntu's apt Universe option that they had an EncFS there. I installed it and began an attempt to encrypt something. It spat back that I didn't load 'fuse' in with the kernel! I thought it said no kernel stuff! Gaaaaah!
So then I used apt-cache search and found a fuse-source that wasn't installed. When I went to install it, it suggested module-assistant but didn't install that. I then installed module-assistant too. I then did 'modprobe fuse' and Fuse was not installed! Gaaaah!
I then ran module-assistant, which I had never seen before, but quickly figured it was a handy tool to help me recompile my kernel. It said I needed to update it and prepare my system. When I updated it, that was no big deal. It shelled out and I could see it do some apt-get update stuff. But then when I did prepare, it took forever and looked like it was downloading the kernel source (the 386 version, I might add, instead of the 686 version) and all the C++ dev libraries. It was beginning to take forever. Gaaaah!
I aborted it and did:
apt-get --purge remove encfs
apt-get --purge remove fuse-source
apt-get --purge remove module-assistant
apt-get --purge remove fuse-utils
I then commented back out the Universe option in /etc/apt/sources.list and then did apt-get update.
This brought my system back to the way it was.
So what we're seeing here is that there's absolutely no way, without mucking with the kernel, to load an encrypted file system or cause an encrypted file to act like a filesystem? This is all Linux has to give me? I just want a lousy password-protected partition out of an encrypted file, and without kernel recompiling. Gaaaaah!