[dm-crypt] How to optimise encrypted filesystems on an SSD?

mark mark at aktivix.org
Sat Feb 6 00:48:15 CET 2010

Hi there.

For a while I've been using LUKS/dm-crypt with LVM2 to secure hard
drives in laptops and servers. Recently I've moved one of my filesystems
onto a solid-state drive (Intel X25-M-G2 80GB with latest firmware).

There are some excellent instructions here
on how to align ext4 and LVM to the erase block size of the SSD. However
I've not been able to find a recipe for optimising an encrypted
filesystem in the same way.

A typical usage case for me would be this, from following defaults for
encrypted lvm on the Debian installer:

/dev/sda1 79GB crypt-luks
/dev/mapper/sda1_crypt holds PV for LVM2
     PV has a VG with two LVs, 4GB swap and the rest for ext4 /
/dev/sda5 256MB ext2 /boot

Could anyone explain how I might go about aligning/optimising this, or
point me to some instructions? Am I better putting lvm over luks or luks
over lvm? Or something entirely different?

Thanks in advance,

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