PHP Memcached Stats Items (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The getStats method in the PHP Memcached extension can be used to retrieve statistics about items stored in a Memcached server. This is particularly useful for monitoring and debugging purposes, such as inspecting cache usage and performance issues.

Code Examples

Here's an example of how you can retrieve and display stats for items:

<?php $memcache = new Memcached(); $memcache->addServer('localhost', 11211); $stats = $memcache->getStats(); echo "Memcached Item Statistics:\n"; foreach ($stats as $server => $stat) { echo 'Server: '.$server."\n"; if(isset($stat['total_items'])){ echo 'Total Items: '.$stat['total_items']."\n\n"; } } ?>

In this code, we first create a new Memcached instance and add a server (in this case, it's localhost on port 11211). We then use the getStats method to get the statistics and iterate over them. We print out each server name and its total number of items.

Best Practices

  • Regularly monitor the stats to identify any potential issues or bottlenecks in your caching strategy.
  • Avoid using the getStats method excessively in production environments as it may affect your application's performance. It's generally best used for debugging or occasional monitoring.

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking if the stat key exists in the array before accessing it. In the provided example, we've ensured to check for the existence of the 'total_items' key before attempting to access its value, to prevent potential undefined index errors.


Q: Can I use the getStats method to retrieve stats for a specific item?

A: No, the getStats method retrieves overall statistics about the Memcached server, not individual items.

Q: What does the 'total_items' stat represent exactly?

A: The 'total_items' stat is the total number of items currently stored by this server from start time up until now.

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