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Comment Thanks for feedback (Score 1) 65

Wow, I was not expecting such a huge amount of comments.

I've updated the article based on this. Most importantly, removed the proprietary part - indeed, that has nothing to do with the howto. This intended to be a howto, not a troll text. I just wanted to add some background to it, for better understanding.

Comment Re:not actually solving non-existant problems. (Score 1) 65

Create a second account, use it to shrink primary account (useful regardless, for many other troubleshooting reasons.)

... and keep that in sync with your primary account. Seems like a lot of work to me.

And how often do you log out of your Mac?

If you are using time machine to make backups, you have to log out to back you your homedir. This means, you are forced to log out as often as you want to save your work.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 65

Theoretically, you are perfectly right, and I can't argue with you. I could have written this in a more precise and defendable way indeed. Moving over to the practical side, though, there is still the problem outlined in the article. What would you recommend to people seeking a solution? Doesn't this method solve the problem for a lot of people? Sure, not for everybody. But for a lot of people, it does. See, it is extremely hard to make something perfect. One always has to leverage in practice. Even writing a howto is no exception.

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agoston.horvath writes: I've written a HOWTO on replacing MacOS's built-in encryption with the well-known FUSE-based encfs. It worked well for me, and most importantly: it is a lot more handy than what Apple has put together. This is especially useful if you are using a backup solution like Time Machine. Whys, Why nots and step-by-step instructions.

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