Add files to cache manually

foobug nginx-forum at
Fri May 21 16:18:51 UTC 2021

> Is there a reason why you need nginx "cache" instead of just storing the
files statically?

I don't have a big enough disk to store *all* user uploaded files
accumulated over the years. So I need some way to manage a pool of space to
store hot uploads. 

> One way would be instead of using the cache just store the files as is (in
the same structure) with proxy_store

I did not know about proxy_store. But that may come in handy if I have to
implement everything myself. Thank you.

> The only drawback in this is that you have to manage the cache directory
yourself (delete old files / implement LRU if needed etc), but that's
usually not too hard with `find` and works just fine.

Right. The devil is in the detail, which is why I'd prefer to lean on the
robustness of nginx. It seems like nginx is 99% there. It is "just" lacking
a way to inject an HTTP response into the cache (i.e. a way to warm up the

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