Caching Dynamic Content

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Outline

The obsolete default configuration of squid prevents the caching of dynamic content (pages with ? in the URI), like so:

hierarchy_stoplist cgi-bin ?
acl QUERY urlpath_regex cgi-bin \?
cache deny QUERY 

NOTE: That policy setting was created at a time when dynamic pages rarely contained proper Cache-Controls, that has now changed. From the release of Squid 2.7 and 3.1 the squid developers are advocating a change to this caching policy. These changes will also work in 3.0 and 2.6 releases despite not being officially changed for their squid.conf.default.

The changed policy is to remove the QUERY ACL and paired cache line. To be replaced by the refresh_patterns below:

refresh_pattern -i (/cgi-bin/|\?) 0 0% 0
refresh_pattern .            0 20% 4320

Additional

Some websites use query strings to obfuscate the file locations and increase their traffic loading.

The popular website youtube.com is one example which is dynamic, using query strings (?) to obfuscate the video locations but despite that has large flash video files and images in relatively static locations.

There are other specific needs detailed in ConfigExamples/DynamicContent/YouTube.

The same mechanisms may be employed for other less popular sites as long as the site behavior and obfuscation pattern is understood.


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ConfigExamples/DynamicContent (last edited 2010-07-29 01:32:10 by Amos Jeffries)