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Trim LUKS encrypted filesystems in LVM environment

One of the possible problems you run in when you use a luks encrypted filesystem in a LVM is that you can not trim your filesystem what you want to do if you use an SSD drive.

Lets try if it works

  [root@alphaframe ~]$ fstrim -v /home
  fstrim: /home: FITRIM ioctl failed: Operation not supported

Okay lets fix this, the problem here is that the fstrim had to be passed through luks and lvm.


Start with your /etc/fstab, add a discard to every partion you want to trim

/dev/mapper/luks-XXXXX-XXX-XXX-XXXX-XXXX  /                xfs     defaults,discard,x-systemd.device-timeout=0         0 0 
UUID=XXXXX-XXX-XXX-XXXX-XXXX              /boot            xfs     defaults,discard                                    0 0
UUID=XXXX-XXXX                            /boot/efi        vfat    umask=0077,shortname=winnt                          0 0
/dev/mapper/luks-XXXXX-XXX-XXX-XXXX-XXXX  /home            xfs     defaults,discard,x-systemd.device-timeout=0         0 0
/dev/mapper/luks-XXXXX-XXX-XXX-XXXX-XXXX  swap             swap    defaults,x-systemd.device-timeout=0                 0 0
tmpfs                                     /tmp             tmpfs   nodev,nosuid,size=2G                                0 0

LVM configuration

open /etc/lvm/lvm.conf an enable the issue_discards option

issue_discards = 1

LUKS configuration

This part can by a bit tricky, because there are depending on your distribution.
To check out which command you had to use see man crypttab and look for the discard part
I had to add luks,discard
Next, edit the file /etc/crypttab


rebuild initramfs

Finally you had to rebuild your initramfs and include your new crypttab in it.
This part depends on your distribution
On gentoo:

genkernel initramfs --ramdisk-modules --no-mrproper --no-clean --lvm --luks

On RedHat Systems:

dracut --force -I /etc/crypttab

Daily cronjob for fstrim

vim /etc/cron.daily/fstrim

TRIM=$(which fstrim)
$TRIM  /boot
$TRIM  /home
$TRIM  /


reboot your system now and test the fstrim against /home again.

[root@alphaframe ~]$ fstrim -v /home
/home: 332 GiB (356417228800 bytes) trimmed
linux/luks_lvm_fstrim.txt · Last modified: 2017/07/06 12:45 (external edit)