EnhanceIO is a SSD caching technique for Linux. It is not in the Ubuntu 13.04 repositories, so one has to install from source.
Although EnhanceIO supports caching of root, you may consider to put your root on a different SSD partition and only cache the /home partition. This will be much faster than caching the whole device. Also be warned that a system crash could destroy your system partition if cached with the write back method. The default write through is much safer.
I am going to use DKMS for compiling and installing the modules. DKMS automatically recompiles after kernel update. However one can still compile the complete kernel, but keep in mind that kernel is updating frequently.
sudo apt-get install build-essential dkms
(you may need more like the kernel sources (sudo apt-get install linux-source) )
Get the source
git clone email@example.com:stec-inc/EnhanceIO.git
Enter the folder.
Switch to the right branch for the 3.9 or previous kernel if needed.
git checkout 3.9-kernel
Copy enhanceio command line interface and documentation into the right place
sudo cp CLI/eio_cli /sbin/ sudo chmod 700 /sbin/eio_cli sudo cp CLI/eio_cli.8 /usr/share/man/man8
Copy it to the Kernel source tree
cd Driver sudo cp -r enhanceio /usr/src
Rename it to a version, I recommend to use the last commit date as in git log.
sudo mv /usr/src/enhanceio /usr/src/enhanceio-0+git20130618
Change the dkms config file
cd /usr/src/enhanceio-0+git20130618 sudo vim dkms.conf
Change the version respectively and save.
Add the driver to Dkms and let it now build with every new kernel version coming. Using DKMS one can later switch back easily to an older driver version if desired.
sudo dkms add -m enhanceio -v 0+git20130618 sudo dkms build -m enhanceio -v 0+git20130618 sudo dkms install -m enhanceio -v 0+git20130618
finished and reboot!
sudo eio_cli info
Create the cache Use your values! Don't just copy!
sudo eio_cli create -d /dev/disk/by-uuid/bc4ae082-85d1-43f4-a3fc-4ea8982c3fc8 -s /dev/sdd -c cache_root
Creates a cache of spinning drive bc4ae082-85d1-43f4-a3fc-4ea8982c3fc8 named cache_root using whole SSD /dev/sdd. One can also use partitions. To get the UUID of the spinning drive use blkid.
reads No of reads on the cache writes No of writes on the cache read_hits No of cache read hits read_hit_pct Percentage of read hits, best would be to have 100% write_hits No of cache write hits write_hit_pct Percentage of write hits
For updating EnhanceIO just do all steps like for installation. Just make sure to name it after the new version. DKMS will automatically uninstall the old version of EnhanceIO if one installs a new version.
sudo dkms status
Will give you an overview about the installed version and the other available versions. If one wants to get rid of the old version use dkms remove.
Make sure that cache wrote all data to disk. Keep in mind to chance the cache name "cache_root" to your used name.
cat /proc/enhanceio/cache_root/stats | grep nr_dirty
If this is not 0, which can be in case of a write cache, do the following. Then check again.
sudo eio_cli clean -c cache_root
If the stats for nr_dirty are 0, one can delete the cache by:
sudo eio_cli delete -c cache_root