Best way to cache static files

Guzman Braso guzman.braso at
Thu Oct 14 20:37:00 MSD 2010


One idea...

With nginx proxy_cache you can use "proxy_cache_use_stale" to tell it to
return the last known copy of a cached file on given backend errors.
If you do that for 404 error for css_*.css & js_*.js, it means that cached
users will no longer be redirected to non existent css, instead they will be
loading the css the page was using when it was cached.

Read more here:

Best regards from Montevideo,


On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 2:15 PM, brianmercer <nginx-forum at> wrote:

> What is the preferred way to cache static files these days? (i.e.
> ccs/js)
> 1. Recompile with slowfs module
2. Serve css/js through php backend and use fastcgi_cache
> 3. Create additional nginx localhost server and proxy_cache from nginx
> backend
> Drupal6 has a nasty habit of recreating its aggregated css and js files
> (i.e. css_[md5hash].css) on module updates, etc.  Which means cached
> dynamic pages end up pointing to non-existent files.  An nginx cache
> could protect against that problem, but I'm not sure of the best way to
> do it.
> Posted at Nginx Forum:
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