New (experimental) C (and PHP) memcached library

Don MacAskill don at
Sun Apr 29 04:04:07 UTC 2007

Very cool.  Can't wait to take a look.

Does your library support the idea of server state?  In other words, if 
a server crashes or is otherwise marked offline (but is planned to 
return, so not removed from the list), does the hashing still stay 

Ideally, we don't want items to get re-hashed to a new server (unless, 
of course, the server is permanently removed from the pool) because then 
there's the chance for stale cache reads in the future.  Instead, we 
want the hashing to take the same # of servers into account, but for the 
client to simply not attempt reads/writes to servers marked "down".

The PECL extension added similar functionality in 2.1.0, and I believe 
it's fairly common practice.

Alex Stapleton wrote:
> Well I mentioned I had written a UDP capable C library for working with 
> memcached a couple of days ago and here it is. It requires libketama, 
> libevent and uses Boost.Build currently. Included is a PHP library that 
> provides access to it, and pretty much zero documentation. There is a 
> fairly comprehensive example program and a test PHP script as well. It 
> works pretty well but has not been tested in any sort of failure 
> scenario yet.
> libevent:
> libketama:
> Here's the README with more info
> =======
> cmemcache - C memcached client
>         authors: Alex Stapleton <alex.stapleton at>
>         version: 0.5 - Dedicated to Varablese, the Greek God of 
> uncertainty.
>         date: 28 Apr 2007
> This is the first revision of this client, it seems to mostly work and 
> valgrind
> doesn't report any massive memory issues with it. *crosses fingers* This is
> probably usable. It supports TCP and UDP and relies on libketama, 
> libevent and
> Bost.Build. Links to dependencies are down below. Currently it is 
> assumed all
> servers are operating in both UDP and TCP mode with the UDP port 1 
> higher than
> the TCP port listed in the ketama server file. This is a lame hack I know.
> It should be pretty easy to add support to force a server to only do TCP 
> though.
> The PHP module has been tested under PHP4 and PHP5. This extension has not
> been used in a high load situation yet. Proper QA and bugfixing has not
> been done. This is going to be happening over the next week or two as we
> roll it out onto our web servers.
> Get requests are sent aynchronously using libevent which means you get 
> pretty
> good performance using large numbers of servers for batch requests.
> I am almost certain there are horrendously evil bugs in this code. If 
> anything
> breaks and loses your customers or sets your parents on fire, it's not 
> my fault.
> =======
> You can only get it from SVN right now the repo is at
> svn checkout cmemcache
> Just type bjam to build it (assuming you have Boost.Build v2 installed.)
> I'd appreciate any feedback (especially in the form of patches ;) no 
> matter how scathing.
> Alex Stapleton
> alexs at

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