Caching fastcgi url

CJ Ess zxcvbn4038 at
Tue Jun 23 22:27:30 UTC 2015

So looks like your saying the best way to do it is to do a separate
location and duplicate the fastcgi setup in that location and add the
fastcgi_cache stuff.

I can work with that, however I came across this example while googling ( that uses "if" to set a
variable which I could use to match on the URL and trigger
fastcgi_cache_bypass for everything not matching. Is "if" so toxic that I
shouldn't consider doing it this way?

On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 6:07 PM, Francis Daly <francis at> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 04:19:48PM -0400, CJ Ess wrote:
> Hi there,
> > - Would I need to define a separate location stanza for the URL I want to
> > cache and duplicate all of the fastcgi configuration that is normally
> > required? Or is there a way to indicate that of all the fastcgi requests
> > only the one matching /xyz is to be cached?
> fastcgi caching is handled by the fastcgi_cache directive, documented
> at
> It is set per-location.
> See also directives like fastcgi_cache_bypass and fastcgi_no_cache.
> It is probably simplest to have on exact-match location for this url
> and not worry about the no_cache side of things.
> "all the configuration that is normally required" is typically four lines
> -- one "include" of common stuff; one or two extra fastcgi_param values,
> and a fastcgi_pass.
> > - If multiple request for the same URL arrive at around the same time,
> and
> > the cache is stale, they will all wait on the one request that is
> > refreshing the cache, correct? So I should only see one request for the
> > cached location per worker per minute on the backend?
> If that's what you want, you can probably configure it.
> > - Since my one URI is fairly small, can I indicate that no file backing
> is
> > needed?
> I don't think so. But you can have fastcgi_cache_path set to a ramdisk,
> I think.
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