Avoiding Nginx restart when rsyncing cache across machines

Quintin Par quintinpar at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 23:23:44 UTC 2018

Hi Lucas,

The cache is pretty big and I want to limit unnecessary requests if I can.
Cloudflare is in front of my machines and I pay for load balancing,
firewall, Argo among others. So there is a cost per request.

Admittedly I have a not so complex cache architecture. i.e. all cache
machines in front of the origin and it has worked so far. This is also
because I am not that great a programmer/admin :-)

My optimization is not primarily around hits to the origin, but rather
bandwidth and number of requests.

- Quintin

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 1:06 PM Lucas Rolff <lucas at lucasrolff.com> wrote:

> Can I ask, why do you need to start with a warm cache directly? Sure it
> will lower the requests to the origin, but you could implement a secondary
> caching layer if you wanted to (using nginx), so you’d have your primary
> cache in let’s say 10 locations, let's say spread across 3 continents (US,
> EU, Asia), then you could have a second layer that consist of a smaller
> amount of locations (1 instance in each continent) - this way you'll warm
> up faster when you add new servers, and it won't really affect your origin
> server.
> It's a lot more clean also because you're able to use proxy_cache which is
> really what (in my opinion) you should use when you're building caching
> proxies.
> Generally I'd just slowly warm up new servers prior to putting them into
> production, get a list of top X files accessed, and loop over them to pull
> them in as a normal http request.
> There's plenty of decent solutions (some more complex than others), but
> there should really never be a reason to having to sync your cache across
> machines - even for new servers.
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