Squid configuration directive collapsed_forwarding

Available in: 4   3.5   2.7   2.6  

History:

Changes to collapsed_forwarding in Squid-3.5:

Ported from Squid-2 with no configuration or visible behaviour changes. Collapsing of requests is performed across SMP workers.

This directive is not available in the 3.4 version of Squid.

For older versions than 3.3 see the linked pages above

Configuration Details:

Option Name:collapsed_forwarding
Replaces:
Requires:
Default Value:collapsed_forwarding off
Suggested Config:

       This option controls whether Squid is allowed to merge multiple
       potentially cachable requests for the same URI before Squid knows
       whether the response is going to be cachable.

       When enabled, instead of forwarding each concurrent request for
       the same URL, Squid just sends the first of them. The other, so
       called "collapsed" requests, wait for the response to the first
       request and, if it happens to be cachable, use that response.
       Here, "concurrent requests" means "received after the first
       request headers were parsed and before the corresponding response
       headers were parsed".

       This feature is disabled by default: enabling collapsed
       forwarding needlessly delays forwarding requests that look
       cachable (when they are collapsed) but then need to be forwarded
       individually anyway because they end up being for uncachable
       content. However, in some cases, such as acceleration of highly
       cachable content with periodic or grouped expiration times, the
       gains from collapsing [large volumes of simultaneous refresh
       requests] outweigh losses from such delays.

       Squid collapses two kinds of requests: regular client requests
       received on one of the listening ports and internal "cache
       revalidation" requests which are triggered by those regular
       requests hitting a stale cached object. Revalidation collapsing
       is currently disabled for Squid instances containing SMP-aware
       disk or memory caches and for Vary-controlled cached objects.

 

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