Tutorial :Removing specific items from Django's cache?



Question:

I'm using site wide caching with memcached as the backend. I would like to invalidate pages in the cache when the underlying database object changes.

If the page name changes then I would invalidate the whole cache (as it affects navigation on every page. Clumsy but sufficient for my needs.

If just the page content changes then I'd like to invalidate the cache of just that page.

Is there an easy way to do this?


Solution:1

tghw's solution does not actually work, because the cache key is NOT the absolute path. The key is calculated from the absolute path and the HTTP headers. See this question for an example.


Solution:2

I haven't done a lot of caching with Django, but I think what you want here are signals.

You can set up a post_save signal on the underlying object, and have the callback function invalidate that page in the cache.

from django.core.signals import post_save  from django.core.cache import cache    def invalidate_cache(sender, **kwargs):      # invalidate cache      cache.delete(sender.get_absolute_url()) # or any other pertinent keys    post_save.connect(invalidate_cache, sender=UnderlyingModel)  

This should properly remove the item from the cache when it is updated.


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