[development] Refresh rather than re-create D6 cache

larry at garfieldtech.com larry at garfieldtech.com
Mon Oct 18 13:41:50 UTC 2010

I... think I follow?  It sounds like you want an approach like the 
search index uses; when you tell it to rebuild the search index it 
doesn't truncate the index but marks all records as "dirty", so they get 
reindexed over time by cron.

You may also find this of use:


--Larry Garfield

On 10/18/10 8:31 AM, Tomáš Fülöpp (vacilando.org) wrote:
> Yes, Larry, I did experiment with that approach as well. It allows
> caches to expire at different times, but a) you need to keep some sort
> of approximate overview about the various expiration delays you're
> setting (so that they don't have much chance happening at the same time)
> and b) whenever such cache happens to expire, it still gets deleted at
> cron and then will have to be re-calculated during the precious time of
> page request.
> Currently I am thinking about the following approach - crude pseudo code:
> // Make sure no other cache has been started over defined period
> * set buffer period between cache refreshes $cbuffer = 15 seconds
> * if ( (time()-$lastcacherun) > $cbuffer )
> // Check if the cache at hand has expired
> * Set some cache life time $clife
> * SELECT `created` FROM `cache` where `cid` = 'cachedobjectname'
> * if ( (time()-$created) > $clife )
> // Refresh the expired cache
> * $lastcacherun = time()
> * recreate cachedobjectname
> * DELETE FROM `cache` WHERE cid = 'cachedobjectname'
> * cache cachedobjectname using cache_set  with CACHE_PERMANENT
> What do you think?
> On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 14:34, larry at garfieldtech.com
> <mailto:larry at garfieldtech.com> <larry at garfieldtech.com
> <mailto:larry at garfieldtech.com>> wrote:
>     Just to make sure, have you tried using the minimum cache lifetime
>     on the performance page?  It essentially says that a cache record
>     will always last at least that long, even if a clear is requested
>     for it. That's your first step if you're finding some caches
>     clearing too frequently (especially the expensive filter and page
>     caches).
>     --Larry Garfield
>     On 10/18/10 5:22 AM, Tomáš Fülöpp (vacilando.org
>     <http://vacilando.org>) wrote:
>         Hi,
>         In D6, after all caches are cleared, or after a lot of them
>         expire and
>         get emptied by cron, the server load spikes seriously because
>         all such
>         caches need to be re-populated.
>         Since this happens more and more on sites I work on, I have been
>         thinking about using another approach in my modules, in the
>         sense that
>         caches would be /refreshed/ rather than cleared and
>         re-populated. Each
>         cache refresh would run depending on e.g. a simple variable
>         storing last
>         time stamp of any other cache refresh.
>         This would assure that a) all cached values would be available
>         at all
>         times, b) caches would never be re-calculated all at the (near)
>         same time.
>         I am about to write logic for this, but wanted to first check with
>         others in the list -- perhaps some of you know or can point to an
>         elegant solution that already exists.
>         Thanks!
>         vacilando

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