FileVault on other than home directories on MacOS?

Matt Crawford crawdad at
Tue Sep 22 11:27:50 EDT 2009

On Sep 21, 2009, at 3:57 PM, Steven Bellovin wrote:

> Is there any way to use FileVault on MacOS except on home  
> directories?  I don't much want to use it on my home directory; it  
> doesn't play well with Time Machine (remember that availability is  
> also a security property); besides, different directories of mine  
> have different sensitivity levels.

According to an Apple security person who spoke here about a year ago,  
you can use the underlying CLI to do everything FileVault does, but at  
some other point(s) in the directory tree than home directories.

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