One day I decided to try Manjaro out. My laptop is pretty good-ish, and one of my requirements is an encrypted home directory. On the previous installation on Ubuntu 20.04, I used
ecryptfs and it was good enough for my needs. When I moved to Manjaro I decided to leave
ecryptfs as my primary encryption method but to recreate the passphrase from scratch with a completely fresh and clean home folder. Then I moved all encrypted files to another location… I believe this was the right decision, but I struggled for about a day to restore access to my previous data. This little note is for me and for those who need a bit of help with the recovery process.