monkut monkut - 1 month ago 5
Python Question

How to clear the whole cache when using django's page_cache decorator

I've got a pretty simple site where I'm using the

page_cache
decorator.
I have a cronjob that checks for new data and processes it if it's available.
(This is run using management commands executed with crontab)

I want to then clear all the page caches when new data is processed.

I'm looking at the documentation here:
https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/topics/cache/?from=olddocs?from=olddocs

and found
cache.clear()
, which seems to be what I want.
I've added a flag to the data processing portion and execute
cache.clear()
when new data is found.

However, after the command runs the cache isn't cleared.
(I've cleared the browser cached and checked to be sure it's not the browser)

Does
cache.clear()
not work in to clear all cached pages?

I'm using the
DatabaseCache
, so I guess I could go in and clear the cache table manually, but is there a better way?

Answer

I've had this problem with an SQLite database cache - the clear() method doesn't clear the cache although it works fine with a MySQL database cache. It seems that a SQLite cache needs a call to django.db.transation.commit_unless_managed() after the DELETE from [table] statement is run.

I have been using multiple caches since before official support was added into core as part of 1.3 and so have a wrapper round several of the cache calls - including clear() - so I was able to override this method and include the commit_unless_managed(). I think I should probably log it as a bug.

Here's the outline of the code I'm using to flush a memcache cache (the default cache in django.core.cache) and a database cache stored in the cache_table of the settings.DATABASES['cache_database'] database.

from django.db import connections, transaction
from django.core.cache import cache # This is the memcache cache.

def flush():
    # This works as advertised on the memcached cache:
    cache.clear()
    # This manually purges the SQLite cache:
    cursor = connections['cache_database'].cursor()
    cursor.execute('DELETE FROM cache_table')
    transaction.commit_unless_managed(using='cache_database')

Rather than being lazy and hard coding it the way I have it should be pretty easy to get the values from settings.CACHES and django.db.router.

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