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Re: Cached(?) pages when not-logged-in sometimes appear to be very seriously out-of-date

by sundialsvc4 (Abbot)
on Oct 27, 2015 at 15:58 UTC ( #1146128=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Cached(?) pages when not-logged-in sometimes appear to be very seriously out-of-date

I observed this behavior again yesterday evening (Eastern Time US), and was able to experiment with it a little bit:

  • The list of comments on three threads (all the threads that I checked) was incomplete, in that a complete list of comments was not presented.
  • The appearance of the page was entirely correct, although its display of the thread content was stale.
  • Emptying the browser cache did not change the result.
  • Examining the page on another browser also did not change the result:   it was stale there, too, and identically so.
  • Upon logging-in, the content of the threads was now current.   Additional comments appeared which had not been there before.
  • The other browser, which was not logged-in, continued(!) to display the stale content:   the pages as displayed by the two browsers, one logged-in and the other not, was now different for these threads.   (I only “refreshed” the page:   I did not re-request the URL, nor did I think to flush the cache on the second browser.   I do know that this browser is set to flush its cache on program startup and shutdown.)

Although this behavior is only an annoyance (along with the occasional “disappearing session,” which I somewhat suspect might be related), I offer this finding in hope that the gods might be able to find and fix it.   (The last bullet-point makes me wonder if it really is or isn’t a problem with a down-stream caching server, and I unfortunately did not do an exhaustive test with the second browser when the opportunity to do so had presented itself.)

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Re^2: Cached(?) pages when not-logged-in sometimes appear to be very seriously out-of-date
by jdporter (Canon) on Oct 27, 2015 at 18:35 UTC

    Thanks. It sounds like you've got a protocol which should make it possible to reproduce your observations. Next time you observe the behavior (or this time, if you still have the browser windows open from before), could you please note, and report here, two items of information: (1) the thread (url) where you see the problem happening; and (2) more importantly, the specific comments (by node_id) that appear in the logged-in view of the thread but not in the logged-out view. Just a handful should suffice, if the number of comments in that set is large. Thanks!

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Re^2: Cached(?) pages when not-logged-in sometimes appear to be very seriously out-of-date
by Your Mother (Bishop) on Oct 27, 2015 at 17:23 UTC

    If this report came from a non-technical user I would be surprised at how good and thorough it was. Since it came from an "experienced" dev who has gotten quite a few pointers about diagnosing things like this more deeply, from me and others here, it is lazy and unhelpful. No timestamps? No browser Ids? No request/response headers or full captures? No internet provider/network info? Nothing new. Nothing for an interested party to dig into.

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