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This is a fork of memcacheq ( )
from xunxin and agentzh originally for Yahoo! China's webpage info
extraction cluster based on WebKit. And it's opensourced here meant
to be useful for others and for the original author of memcacheq's
potential consideration of merging back to the mainstream.

This fork adds the ability to limit and query the length of queues
and to specify a length limit when creating a queue.

Here's the usage of this fork.

* Server side

 $ memcacheq -u my_user -p 5000 -B 4064 -A 4096 -r -c 1024 -m 64 -N \
        -H /path/to/my/bdbdata/base

where -u indicates the user who runs this deamon, -p specifies a port
number that this daemon listens to, -B specifies the message body length
in bytes (but actually you can only store messages of size tens of bytes
smaller that that), -A specifies the underlying BDB page size, -m
specifies the in-memory cache size, -N uses BDB's no-sync feature to
gain more speed at the cost of consistency, and -H specifies the on-disk
storage location. See memcacheq's command-line usage for more information.

To start the memcacheq daemon:

If there's corruption in your memcacheq's underlying BDB database, try
the following command:

  $ /path/to/your/bdb/bin/db_recover -h /export/bdbdata/vdomkit/

* Client side

We use pseudo libmemcached C code to demonstrate the client-side usage.

1. To create a queue:

  memcached_add(memc, queue_name, size_limit);

where "size_limit" is the maximum number of elements in that queue named

2. To remove a queue:

  memcached_delete(memc, queue_name);

3. To insert an element to a queue:

  memcached_set(memc, queue_name, element_content);

4. To read an element from a queue:

  element_content = memcached_get(memc, queue_name);

5. To monitor the queues' state in a certain memcacheq server
(here we use a shell command to illustrate):

  $ echo stats queue | nc

where the memcacheq daemon listens the 11211 port at A
typical instance of the output might be:

    STAT bbsdetails 0 2000000
    STAT bbslists 72 2000000
    STAT comment 3 1234567
    STAT done 0 1234567
    STAT initial 25 1234567
    STAT pagecat 5006 1234567
    STAT preprocessed 10 500

where the second column in the listing specify the names of the queues,
the third column the current size of the queues, and the forth column
the size limit of the queues.

We usually use the command-line utilities as well as the high-level
library provided by the Queue::Memcached::Buffered module opensourced here:

Below is the original memcacheq documentation in README:

MemcacheQ - Simple Queue Service over Memcache

* damn simple
* very fast
* multiple queue
* concurrent well
* memcache protocol compatible

Getting Started

See: <>

See: <>

Please take a look at 'ChangLog' file in the distribution, see what's new.


Only two commands are used to operate the queue:

**Append a message to the tail of queue**::

   set <queue name> <flags> 0 <message_len>\r\n
   <put your message body here>\r\n

**Note:** MQ will create a new queue automatically if your queue is not existed. The original 'expire time' field is ignored by server.

**Consume a message from the head of queue**::

   get <queue name>\r\n
   VALUE <queue name> <flags> <message_len>\r\n
   <your message body will come here>\r\n


Assuming you are using PHP memcache<>::

  /* connect to memcached server */
  $memcache_obj = memcache_connect('memcacheq_host', 21201);

  /* append a message to queue */
  memcache_set($memcache_obj, 'demoqueue1', 'message body here', 0, 0);
  /* consume a message from 'demoqueue1' */
  memcache_get($memcache_obj, 'demoqueue1');

The message body is stored in Berkeley DB with fixed length. Any message that is shorter than the declared length will automatically be padded with space character (0x20 in the ASCII character set). 

In Berkeley DB, as the official document refers,

"For the Queue access method, the record length must be enough smaller than the database's page size that at least one record plus the database page's metadata information can fit on each database page."

"The minimum page size is 512 bytes, the maximum page size is 64K bytes, and the page size must be a power-of-two."

So we have a limit on the message body size with a max of a bit less than *64K*.

Other tips
use 'stats queue' to see your current queues::

  $ telnet 22201
  Connected to localhost.
  Escape character is '^]'.
  stats queue
  STAT test1
  STAT test2
  STAT test3
  STAT test4
delete a queue::

  $ telnet 22201
  Connected to localhost.
  Escape character is '^]'.
  delete test1

'db_stat' a queue to see how many records now in::

  $ cd <your queue dir>
  $ /usr/local/BerkeleyDB.4.7/bin/db_stat -d test1 
  Mon Sep 22 20:25:56 2008	Local time
  42253   Queue magic number
  4       Queue version number
  1024    Fixed-length record size
  0x20    Fixed-length record pad
  4096    Underlying database page size
  131072  Underlying database extent size
  100000  Number of records in the database
  33334   Number of database pages
  2048    Number of bytes free in database pages (99% ff)
  1       First undeleted record
  100001  Next available record number
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Last updated by Steve Chu<>: 09/22/2008
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