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Please let me know if there are any existing applications to do this
Or point me to resources that help me figure out how to implement this


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At least ext4 file system has this feature: https://blog.quarkslab.com/a-glimpse-of-ext4-filesystem-level-encryption.html

There is also eCryptfs: https://ostechnix.com/how-to-encrypt-directories-with-ecryptfs-in-linux/

You can always archive directory using tar and encrypt with gpg, but that's not very convenient to use: https://superuser.com/questions/249497/how-to-encrypt-a-file-or-directory-in-linux

I'm not aware of attempts to integrate any of these with Vifm and haven't tried it myself. Impelementation would depend on the approach taken, but these might be useful: