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SubjectRe: 2.4 and cryptofs on raid1 - what will be cached and how many times
On Tue, Mar 04, 2003 at 08:50:46AM +1100, Neil Brown wrote:
> On Monday March 3, wrote:
> > On Sun, Mar 02, 2003 at 02:56:34PM +0400, Vlad Harchev wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > Could you please answer the following question:
> > >
> > > Suppose we have a crypto filesystem on a raid1 array of 2 devices. What will
> > > the kernel cache of fileystem data contain - encrypted data or not? Will is
> > > be 2 copies of the same data in the cache or not?
> >
> > Sorry for confusion - of course I meant linux software raid here..
> With raid1 has no effect on caching. Exactly the same data is cached
> with raid1 as with as plain SCSI or IDE drive.

The question I asked is - will under the active usage there be exactly one
copy of a file's data, or there will be N (where N is number of disks in raid1
array) copies in the cache? I.e. how optimal caching is performed?

> Raid5 is different. It has an extra cache of some of the data that
> has been written-to or read-from the devices.

OK, thank you for pointing this.

> >
> > > Is there any way to force kernel to cache the same file data only once, and
> > > keep it unencrypted (in cache)?
> > >
> I suspect that depends of the details of the implementation of you
> "crypto filesystem".

Sorry for confusion - I meant loopback-based crypto filesystem - e.g. loop-aes
based ( or CryptoAPI-based ( - both
are loopback-based filesystem (one has to call losetup(8) to point out chipher,
a password..) I'm getting an impression that the kernel cache will contain
encrypted data in case loopback-based crypto filesystems are used just
observing performance..

Thank you for the anwser!
Best regards,
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