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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... 

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

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