C# Memcached Stats Settings (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The stats command in Memcached is useful to monitor and debug your memcached instances. In a C# context, you can use it to:

  • Debug performance issues: By examining cache hits and misses.
  • Monitor cache usage: By checking the current memory usage and total memory.

Code Examples

In C#, you might use Enyim.Caching library to interact with Memcached. Here's an example of how you can use this library to get stats from a Memcached server:

using Enyim.Caching; using Enyim.Caching.Memcached; public class Program { public static void Main() { using (var memcachedClient = new MemcachedClient()) { var stats = memcachedClient.Stats(); foreach (var stat in stats) { Console.WriteLine($"{stat.Key}:"); foreach (var statValue in stat.Value) { Console.WriteLine($"\t{statValue.Key} - {statValue.Value}"); } } } } }

In this code, we instantiate a MemcachedClient and use its Stats() method to access the statistics of the Memcached server. We then loop through the statistics and print each one.

Best Practices

  • Always close your MemcachedClient when you're done using it to free up resources.
  • Use the stats sparingly in production environments as they could slow down the server if they are accessed frequently.
  • Regular monitoring of your Memcached stats can help you identify any potential issues before they become serious problems.

Common Mistakes

  • Not handling potential exceptions when connecting to or getting stats from the Memcached server. Always add appropriate error handling when getting stats.
  • Misinterpreting stats: Make sure you understand what each stat means. For example, a high number of misses may not necessarily be bad if your cache is being used as a buffer for a large database.


  • Q: What does it mean if I have a high number of cache misses? A: Cache misses occur when data is requested that isn't in the cache. This could mean your cache size is too small, or your eviction policy needs adjustment.

  • Q: How can I improve my cache hit ratio? A: You can try increasing your cache size, or optimizing which items get stored based on their access frequency and size.

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