Nginx Cache Config with Multiple Disk Drives

Johns, Kevin Kevin.Johns at
Sat Jul 20 17:21:27 UTC 2013

On 7/20/13 2:58 AM, "Maxim Dounin" <mdounin at> wrote:

>On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 04:33:56PM +0000, Johns, Kevin wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am looking for guidance on how best to configure Nginx Proxy
>> Cache in a multi-disk drive environment. Our typical server
>> setup is such that each drive is its own partition, for example,
>> if we have a 10 drive server we may setup drives 4-10 for
>> storage such as:
>> /dev/sdd1 /nginx/cached
>> /dev/sde1 /nginx/cachee
>> /dev/sdf1 /nginx/cachef
>> /dev/sdg1 /nginx/cacheg
>> /dev/sdh1 /nginx/cacheh
>> /dev/sdi1 /nginx/cachei
>> /dev/sdj1 /nginx/cachej
>> I see that in the Nginx Proxy config, you can have multiple
>> proxy_cache_path directives, each of which can point to the
>> various disk drives. The proxy_cache directive is then used to
>> determine which zone is used for a given configuration block
>> (http, server, location). However, I am unable to determine how
>> to spread the cache across the multiple drives as essentially a
>> shared resource. Having to define which disk to use for each
>> server or location block is undesirable as we don't want to
>> leave some disks underutilized and others over utilized.
>> Any guidance as to how best configure Nginx for this situation
>> would be greatly appreciated.
>There are two basic options:
>- create one filesystem over multiple disks, using software RAID
>  or something like

Yes this is something we are looking at as well.
>- use symlinks to spread nginx's proxy cache path hierarchy over
>  multiple filesystems, see levels= description at

I read over the configuration and am not sure I understand what you
suggest. Can you elaborate?
>Maxim Dounin
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