Passing a LSI 9266-8i RAID array to unprivileged LXC


Jul 4, 2019
Sorry if I missed the tutorial in the Wiki, I tried to find the method but couldn't seem to see it.

I have a RAID 6 array under a PCI-E LSI 9266-8i RAID card. The RAID array forms a single 21 TB volume which is encrypted with LUKS, and it is normally locked in Proxmox host.

At the moment, I have a VM where I passed the RAID card to, and the decryption was done inside that VM, everything works fine in that case.

I wonder if the same can be done with LXC, as it can save me some resource. That is, can I pass the RAID array to LXC, and use cryptsetup to unlock it?
Within the LXC container, running lsblk I can see the target drive already:
root@CSCS:~# lsblk
sda           8:0    0  21.9T  0 disk
sdb           8:16   0 465.8G  0 disk
|-sdb1        8:17   0 465.8G  0 part
`-sdb9        8:25   0     8M  0 part
sdc           8:32   0 465.8G  0 disk
|-sdc1        8:33   0 465.8G  0 part
`-sdc9        8:41   0     8M  0 part
nvme0n1     259:0    0   477G  0 disk
|-nvme0n1p1 259:1    0  1007K  0 part
|-nvme0n1p2 259:2    0   512M  0 part
`-nvme0n1p3 259:3    0 476.4G  0 part
However, when I try to unlock it, it failed:
root@CSCS:~# cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sda targetRAIDArray
Device /dev/sda doesn't exist or access denied.
root@CSCS:~# cryptsetup luksOpen /sda targetRAIDArray
Device /sda doesn't exist or access denied.

Meanwhile, in Proxmox host it works:
root@pve:~# cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sda nSpacetime
Enter passphrase for /dev/sda:

May I know what needs to be done to allow the access from LXC?

Update: (just an attempt, not working yet)
I tried to find the device to pass by
root@pve:/etc/pve/lxc# ls -al /dev
c---------  1 root root    242,   0 Aug 13 11:05 megaraid_sas_ioctl_node
brw-rw----  1 root disk      8,   0 Aug 13 11:05 sda
brw-rw----  1 root disk      8,  16 Aug 13 11:05 sdb
brw-rw----  1 root disk      8,  17 Aug 13 11:05 sdb1
brw-rw----  1 root disk      8,  25 Aug 13 11:05 sdb9
It looks like b 8:0 is what I need to allow. I then tried to add this line in the LXC's config:
lxc.cgroup.devices.allow: b 8:0 rwm
but it didn't work; I still cannot open the RAID array within the LXC.
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