ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase prompt is dangerously unhelpful

Bug #1773862 reported by NJ on 2018-05-29
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Bug Description

'ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase' prompts for what it calls, simply, 'Passphrase:'.

That is uninformative and potentially confusing and might prevent people from backing up their mount passphrases. It is uninformative and potentially confusing because ecryptfs uses two or even three types of 'passphrase', namely, 'wrapping', 'mount' and logon. Those difficulties might make prevent people from backing up their mount passphrases, because people might fear that they are about to change a passphrase of a type they do not intend to change and/or do not understand.

Solution to all this: make the prompt read as follows.

     In order to display the 'mount' passphrase, enter the 'wrapping' passphrase (which might or might not be your logon password):

ecryptfs-utils 2009-03-24 111-0Ubuntu1.1
Linux Mint 18.3

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