fastcgi_cache replication?

marcusadolfsson nginx-forum at
Fri Nov 5 07:49:52 MSK 2010


We are successfully using fastcgi_cache on our PHP application. We
currently have 5 servers in the farm, which means it currently takes 5x
as long to build up the cache after each purge/timeout. 

Is there anyway to share the cache index/files across servers? I have
not tried rsync'ing the cache folders between machines but doubt that
would work, since the files would not exist in the index.

Separately, two lessons we learned.

1) PHP files that contain a redirect with header("Location: new-url")
and immediately exited  will not redirect properly when served from the
cache, due to PHP appending a Content-type. If print some text between
the header and exit it works fine. 

Does not work:
^A^F^@^A^@?^D^@Status: 301 Moved Permanently^M
Content-type: text/html

^A^F^@^A^@?^D^@Status: 301 Moved Permanently^M
Content-type: text/html^M

2) fastcgi_cache will sometimes cache "blank" pages, likely due to our
backend acting up. We implemented a cronscript that runs every minute
and purges cache files < 512 byes that are not redirects.

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