C# Memcached Version Handling (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

  1. Checking the version of the Memcached server you're connected to.
  2. Debugging issues by checking which version of Memcached you're using, as different versions may have different features or bugs.

Code Examples

Let's see how we can get the Memcached version in C# using the EnyimMemcached client.

using Enyim.Caching; using Enyim.Caching.Memcached; using System; namespace MemcachedExample { class Program { static void Main(string[] args) { // Initialize the MemcachedClient instance. MemcachedClient client = new MemcachedClient(); // Get the version of the Memcached server. IDictionary<EndPoint, string> versions = client.GetVersions(); foreach(var item in versions){ Console.WriteLine($"Server: {item.Key}, Version: {item.Value}"); } } } }

In this example, we first create a MemcachedClient instance and then call the GetVersions() method. This method returns a dictionary where the key is the server endpoint and the value is the server's version. We then loop through the items in the dictionary and print out each server's endpoint along with its version.

Best Practices

When using Memcached in your applications:

  • Be aware of the Memcached version you are using. Different versions may have different capabilities and limitations.
  • Always close the Memcached client connection when you're done using it. This will free up resources on both client and server side.
  • Make sure that your application gracefully handles any exceptions thrown by the Memcached client in the event of a server being unavailable.

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking the Memcached version when debugging issues. The feature set of Memcached can change between versions, so it's important to know which version you're using.
  • Hardcoding the Memcached version in your application. This is bad practice as it makes upgrading your Memcached server more difficult.


Q: How can I get the Memcached version without a client?

A: You can also use telnet to connect to your Memcached server and issue the stats command, which will include the server's version.

Q: What if my GetVersions() call returns an empty dictionary?

A: An empty dictionary indicates that no servers are available or connected. Check your server configurations and network connectivity.

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