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

Lucas Rolff lucas at
Fri Sep 29 19:55:32 UTC 2017

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

You can balance disk usage using split_clients module in nginx, and use different proxy_cache’s (e.g. /disk1/cache, /disk2/cache and so on) as described in (Splitting the cache across multiple hard drives).

On 29/09/2017, 21.31, "nginx on behalf of rnmx18" <nginx-bounces at on behalf of nginx-forum at> wrote:

    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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