May 132011

During my exploration of optimzing website using memcached, i’ve found this tutorial. It’s quite interesting using key value application (memcached) for serving website’s static content, Such as image, jss or js file. As we know, Reading/writing Hardrive is slower than accessing memory. although compared with SSD or 7,200 RPM hard drives. Even when an application is loaded, any files that are opened for use in that application are loaded into memory. As well as how web servers work.

First time following the tutorial, it isn’t work. image files not loaded into memcached, no warn, now error. after slightly modifying the script, image files can be stored into the memcached perfectly.

Here’s the php script after modification, i saved it as mem.php


function rscandir($base='', &$data=array()) {
        $array = array_diff(scandir($base), array('.', '..'));

        foreach($array as $value) {
                if (is_dir($base."/".$value)) {
                        $data = rscandir($base."/".$value,$data);

                elseif (is_file($base."/".$value)) {
                $rest = substr($value, -4);
                        if ((!strcmp($rest,'.jpg')) || (!strcmp($rest,'.png')) || (!strcmp($rest,'.gif'))) {
                                $data[] = $base."/".$value;

return $data;



$srch = array('/path/to/public_html');
$newval = array('');

$memcache_obj = memcache_connect("", 11211);

while (list($key, $val) = each($mylist)) {
        echo "$key => $val -> ".filesize($val)."\n";
        $value = file_get_contents($val);
        memcache_add($memcache_obj, $url, $value, false, 0);


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May 122011

I’ve seen lots of tutorials on internet explaining how set nginx to use memcached module. But, i’ve rarely seen them explaining, even the easiest one on how to populate memcached with data generated by php. When i’m getting in touch with memcached for the first time, i thought default configuration like this will be working out of the box. without touching php script. 😀

server {

	listen 80;

	# ...

	location ~ \.php$ {
		set $memcached_key "kutu:$request_uri";

		default_type       text/html;
		error_page 404 405 502 = @cache_miss;

	location @cache_miss {
		fastcgi_index index.php;
		fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /path/to/yoursite/htdocs$fastcgi_script_name;
		include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;

	# ...

Well, i was totally confused :D. so, to prevent other people misinterpret on how nginx memcached module works, i wrote simple examples, and simple explainations on how to configure nginx and populate data generated from php.
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