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Re: When to make objects uncacheable ?

From: Martin Hamilton <martin@mrrl.lut.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 1996 08:26:52 +0100
Message-Id: <199608170726.IAA16432@gizmo.lut.ac.uk>
To: HTTP Working Group <http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, ircache list <ircache@nlanr.net>
Andrew Daviel writes:

| Supposing the above premises are reasonable, my question is whether
| the output of more general search engines should be made cacheable?
| It seems to me that certain queries are fairly popular, and that
| some benefit might be had from cacheing the responses. On the other
| hand, the number of possible URLs expands exponentially with the
| length of the query string, so that cacheing every response would be
| unreasonable, filling up caches with never-to-be-repeated requests.

rom a quick scan through the logs, I don't see our proxies repeatedly 
servicing the same queries of the same search engines.  Does anyone 
else ?  Our users seem to be coming up with quite sophisticated 
queries, presumably because of the difficulty of actually finding 
anything on the Web... 

Received on Saturday, 17 August 1996 00:29:21 EDT

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