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From Chopin hu <>
Subject Re: [JCS] Re: JCS Key Length Issue -- limited to 256 characters long?
Date Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:36:13 GMT
good point.   too focused on jcs     not realizing it is a file system issue.

--- On Thu, 1/5/12, Thomas Vandahl <> wrote:

From: Thomas Vandahl <>
Subject: [JCS] Re: JCS Key Length Issue -- limited to 256 characters long?
Cc: "JCS Users List" <>
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012, 4:48 AM

First of all: Please use for questions regarding

On 04.01.12 18:12, Chopin hu wrote:
> I have a program to download files from remote sites.   Once downloaded a data file,
I use the URL as a key and put it to the cache so that I don't have to download it again if
the url is found to exist in the cache.   However, I found sometimes the caching would
fail -- no caching is put to the file system ( I am using Disk File Cache).   the url is
working fine for downloading.   After debugging, it turns out that the URL string is too
long.   When the url string exceeds 256 characters, JCS won't accept it as a proper key.   
> So my questions are:
> 1.) is a JCS cache key limited to 256 chars long?   is there a way to increase its
> 2.) If can not get around the cache key length limitation, what could be the possible
ways to make a long URL string short enough but still unique enough to serve as a key?  I
tried to use the last 256 characters from the url string, but some query string is so long
that it could not guarantee a key's uniqueness.

I guess the FileDiskCache is the issue here. The key of the item in
FileDiskCache is directly used as a file name. So what you experience is
a limit of file name length rather than key length.

You should better use another disk cache implementation such as
IndexedDiskCache which does not have such limits.

Bye, Thomas.

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