Using Gets in Memcached with Ruby (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The gets command in Memcached is typically used when you want to fetch data from the cache and compare-and-swap (CAS) it. This is particularly useful in cases where multiple clients might try to update the same value concurrently, creating a potential for race conditions.

Code Examples

Let's start by setting up a connection to our Memcached server:

require 'dalli' dc ='localhost:11211')

Dalli is a high-performance pure Ruby client for Memcached.

Here's a simple example of using gets and CAS operation:

#Store a key-value pair dc.set('foo', 'bar') #Fetch the key-value and unique CAS identifier value, cas_id = dc.gets('foo') puts "Fetched Value: #{value}, CAS ID: #{cas_id}" #Perform a CAS operation if dc.cas('foo', cas_id) puts "Success" else puts "Failure" end

In this code, we are storing a value ('bar') against a key ('foo'). We then use gets to fetch both the value and a unique CAS id. The cas method will only change the value if the CAS id matches the latest one in the cache, ensuring safe concurrent updates.

Best Practices

  • Use the gets method when you need to perform compare-and-swap operations.
  • Handle failure of cas operation appropriately in your code as it indicates that another client has updated the value after your gets call.

Common Mistakes

  • Not understanding the purpose of gets and using it as a replacement for get. The gets command is specifically for use with CAS operations.


1. When should I use gets instead of get?

You should use gets when you need to perform a compare-and-swap operation, i.e., you want to change the value based on its current value and want to avoid race conditions.

2. What if the cas operation fails?

If the cas operation fails, that means another client has updated the value after your gets call. You should handle this in your code, either by retrying the operation or taking some other appropriate action.

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