Managing static file generated by PHP CMS

Anto aryanto at
Mon Jan 10 03:07:07 MSK 2011

Thanks eagle sbc.

I am on VPS with quite minimum resources. So I use very little number of 
modules, which does not include HttpProxyModule. And to be honest with 
you, I still have problems making my application does what I want.

I have been thinking to utilise what ever my nginx setup could give me, 
to save the time of a novice programmer like me, in developing and 
debugging the application. It could be that utilising "fastcgi_store" 
directive would be enough for my purpose. As every time my application 
updates a page via fastcgi, the corresponding static file will be 
automatically updated as well.

The only thing that I am not sure of is, whether the "try_files" 
directive respects the "If-Modified-Since" request header or not. And I 
am not sure if there would be mechanism related to the "try_files", to 
compare "If-Modified-Since" and file's time stamp of the updated file. 
So that in the end nginx will return the updated file with "200" status 
code, instead of just returning "304" status code as "try_files" just 
checks the existence of the file. I guess I have to experiment myself to 
figure that out. But it would be great if somebody could confirm this.

Kind regards,


On 07/01/11 11:09, eagle sbc wrote:
> Hello, Anto:
> That the way we use to solve what you encountered:
> Compile nginx with 'cache_purge' module (module: 
> Use 'proxy_cache' to store the generated static file instead of 
> 'proxy_store', and when the file changed, the application server(CMS, 
> I think in your app) will purge that file actively.
> Part of the configure file:
> proxy_cache_path /cache/proxy_cache_dir levels=2:2 
> keys_zone=cache_one:500m inactive=3d max_size=100g;
> location ~ /purge(/.*)
> {
> allow;
> allow <>;
> deny all;
> proxy_cache_purge cache_one $1;
> }
> Hope it helps.
> On Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 1:48 AM, Anto <aryanto at 
> <mailto:aryanto at>> wrote:
>     Hello everybody,
>     I am looking for suggestions to accomplish what I would like to
>     achieve.
>     Suppose we have a PHP based CMS which could generate a static file
>     copy of a HTML page, every time nginx access it via fastcgi. I
>     think the basic configuration on nginx would be like below:
>     try_files $uri @cms;
>     location @cms {
>     fastcgi_pass unix:/tmp/fastcgi.socket;
>     }
>     The problem would be that nginx will always serve the static file
>     until it gets purged. So that if the CMS updated the HTML page,
>     the client will never get that new version. Is there any way to do
>     that purging or update mechanism in nginx? Or should that be done
>     by the CMS or external cron like program?
>     Would it not be the same situation if we would use fastcgi_store
>     directive?
>     Thanks in advance for your response.
>     Kind regards,
>     Anto
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