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

Use Case(s)

In Ruby, memcached stats items are often used to monitor and analyze the performance of your Memcached servers. They allow you to retrieve statistics about the items (keys) stored in your cache. This can help you understand how effectively your cache is being utilized, whether it's time to scale up or adjust your caching strategies, among other things.

Code Examples

require 'memcached' cache ="localhost:11211") # Store data in Memcached cache.set('key1', 'value1') cache.set('key2', 'value2') # Get stats for items stats = cache.stats items_stats = stats['items'] # Print items statistics puts items_stats

In this example, we first include the memcached gem and create a new instance of Memcached. We store some data using the .set() method. Then we call .stats() on our cache instance to get statistics, and specifically pull out the items attribute. Finally, we output the item statistics.

Please note that the stats method will return a hash with various statistics. In this case, we're focusing on the 'items' key, which contains statistics related to items stored in Memcached.

Best Practices

  • Regularly monitor your Memcached item stats to identify any potential issues such as high memory usage or evictions.
  • Be aware of the possibility of stale data when using Memcached. Use appropriate cache invalidation strategies to handle this.
  • It’s recommended to use the latest version of the ‘memcached’ gem, since it includes important bug fixes and enhancements.

Common Mistakes

  • Not considering the size of your keys and values. The larger they are, the fewer can be stored in cache, potentially leading to more evictions.
  • Ignoring Memcached statistics. Regularly checking stats can help identify issues early before they become larger problems.


Q: What does 'evictions' mean in Memcached stats? A: Evictions refer to the number of valid items removed from cache to free up memory for new items because Memcached ran out of space.

Q: Can I get stats for a specific item? A: No, Memcached does not provide the ability to get stats for a specific item. However, you can get general stats about all items using the stats command.

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