Any method for NGINX (as a web-server) to skip metadata and serve content from cached file?

rnmx18 nginx-forum at
Fri Sep 29 19:30:58 UTC 2017

Hi Lucas,

As long as the cached files (with the metadata at the beginning) reside in
the directory specified with the proxy_cache_path directive, they are fine.
The NGINX-proxy, which added them there in the first place, can serve the
content correctly, after skipping the right amount of metadata bytes.

In my case, I have a background application, which might copy the cached
file to an alternate location. For example, a file movies/welcome.mp4 may be
originally cached by NGINX-proxyon /disk1/cache as
/disk1/cache/movies/welcome.mp4  (For the moment, let us forget the
md5-based cache path for simplicity).  In my use-case, the file may either
stay there itself, or sometimes, my application may copy it to another
location  - say /disk2/cache/movies/welcome.mp4 or say,
/disk3/cache/movies/welcome.mp4, say for some kind of disk usage balancing..
The application exposes /disk1/pubroot/cache/movies/welcome.mp4 as the
published location.

In this model, only the originally cached file at /disk1/cache can be served
properly by the NGINX-proxy. 

The files in any of the other locations cannot be served by NGINX properly.
It cannot serve as a server, as the copied file contains metadata. Even if I
have other proxy-cache-paths defined for the alternate locations
(/disk2/cache or /disk3/cache), the NGINX-proxy also cannot serve them as
the corresponding in-memory metadata will not have the entries for these
files. The files in those paths, would have been physically copied "under
the hood" by another process, and not NGINX.


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