ngx_memc v0.06: new directive memc_flags_to_last_modified

agentzh agentzh at
Fri Jan 29 10:26:03 MSK 2010

Hi, folks!

I'm pleased to announce the v0.06 release of the ngx_memc module:

This release has the highlight of a new directive named

If this directive is turned on, then for memcached get operations,
ngx_memc will read the memcached flags as epoch seconds and set it as
the value of the Last-Modified header.

For conditional GET requests, it will signal nginx's
not_modified_filter module to return the "304 Not Modified" response
to save bandwidth.

Here's a small sample config that I've tested with ngx_memc v0.06:

   # read the memcached flags into the Last-Modified header
   # to respond 304 to conditional GET
   location /memc {
       set $memc_key $arg_key;


       memc_flags_to_last_modified on;

My GET request sets the following header:

    If-Modified-Since: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:09:23 GMT

And the key stored in memcached has the flags 1264680563. Then we get

  $ curl -H 'If-Modified-Since: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:09:23 GMT' \
                                       -I 'http://localhost:1984/memc?key=foo'
  HTTP/1.1 304 Not Modified
  Server: nginx/0.8.32
  Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 07:10:52 GMT
  Last-Modified: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:09:23 GMT
  Connection: keep-alive

How about setting the flag with ngx_memc too? Well, I'm going to
implement the $echo_time and $echo_http_time variables in our ngx_echo
module so that we can have

      set $memc_flags $echo_time;
      add_header Last-Modified $echo_http_time;

for memcached storage operations set/add/etc. That is, $echo_time will
return the epoch seconds while $echo_http_time returns the textual
representation in the HTTP date format. Patches welcome! Volunteers

Have fun!

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