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Memcached Stats Items in Python (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Memcached is a general-purpose distributed memory caching system often used to speed up dynamic database-driven websites. One common use case for the 'python memcached stats items' query is when you want to monitor your Memcached server and get statistics about items in the cache, including how many items are currently stored, the amount of storage used, and details about specific slabs.

Code Examples

Example 1: Basic Usage

import memcache mc = memcache.Client([''], debug=0) # Set some values in the cache mc.set('key1', 'value1') mc.set('key2', 'value2') # Get stats stats = mc.get_stats() print(stats)

In this example, we first connect to the Memcached server running on at port 11211. Then, we set some values and retrieve the statistics using get_stats() method. The stats will return a list of tuples containing server info and a dictionary of stats for each connected server.

Example 2: Getting Statistics on Specific Slabs

stats_slab = mc.get_slab_stats() for slab_id, slab_stats in stats_slab.items(): print(f"Slab ID: {slab_id}") for stat_name, stat_value in slab_stats.items(): print(f"{stat_name}: {stat_value}")

In this example, we use the get_slab_stats() method to get statistics about specific slabs in the Memcached server. It returns a dictionary with slab IDs as keys and another dictionary of stats as values.

Best Practices

  • Regular monitoring and analysis of the Memcached stats should be done to maintain the system's performance and manage the cache effectively.
  • The Memcached server should be appropriately sized for the workload. Overloading the server can lead to increased evictions, which would lower the effectiveness of the caching layer.

Common Mistakes

  • One common mistake might be ignoring the 'evictions' and 'reclaimed' stats. These stats give crucial information about how often your cache is turning over and if objects are being evicted before their expiration time.
  • Relying on a single large Memcached server instead of scaling out to multiple servers may lead to a single point of failure issue.


  • Why are my gets larger than my sets in Memcached statistics? This typically happens when you have multiple gets for each set - a desirable situation indicating that your cache is being utilized properly.

  • What does 'curr_items' stat mean in Memcached statistics? It refers to the current number of items stored by the server.

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