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From Brian Akins <>
Subject generalized cache modules
Date Mon, 17 Apr 2006 19:16:26 GMT
Was playing with memcached and mod_cache when I had some thoughts.

-mod_cache should be renamed to mod_http_cache
-new modules mod_cache (or some inventive) name would be a more general 
purpose cache)

So mod_http_cache would simply be a front end to mod_cache providers. 
These providers do not have to know anything about http, only how to 
fetch, store, expire, etc. "objects."

Some example mod_cache providers could be simplified versions of 
mod_disk_cache and mod_mem_cache as well as the to-be-written 
mod_memcached (mod_memcached_cache?).

So cache providers would be fairly simply to write and mod_http_cache 
could handle all the nastiness with http specific stuff (Vary, etc.)

My biggest mental block is how to have the configuration for this not be 
absolutely horrific.


Brian Akins
Lead Systems Engineer
CNN Internet Technologies

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