dogpile caching support for pyramid_debugtoolbar
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dogpile caching support for pyramid_debugtoolbar

This package tracks the following dogpile api calls :


Your pyramid_debugtoolbar will have a "Dogpile" panel that lists:

  • the number of calls (in tab header)
  • statistics on cache hits/misses/timing per api call type
  • a listing of all calls that features: call, key, hit/miss, timing

As of v0.1.4 you can filter the keys on the panel. yay.

This package works by wrapping requests to dogpile regions into a Proxy Backend. This has a significant performance overhead and relies on the DEBUG ONLY get_current_request, so make sure that you disable this LoggingProxy on production machines.

As of v0.1.5 you can sort-of track payload sizes. This is very experimental. See below.

how to use this package

install via github's master or grab a pypi distribution!

pip install pyramid_debugtoolbar_dogpile
easy_install pyramid_debugtoolbar_dogpile

update your ENVIRONMENT.ini file

pyramid.includes = ... pyramid_debugtoolbar_dogpile

update your caching configuration to use the proxy:

from pyramid_debugtoolbar_dogpile import LoggingProxy as DogpileLoggingProxy

cache_config = {}
cache_config['wrap'] = [DogpileLoggingProxy, ]
region = make_region()

Tracking Payload Size

Tracking Payload Size is experimental and VERY TRICKY because the correct hooks do not live in the standard pacakges. Most users will not be able to do it -- or want to do it.

NOTE: This breaks/abuses dogpile's API.

In order to track payload size, you must write a custom backend OR use a backend that supports custom serializers, and "repack" the CachedValues with a "sz" attribute in the metadata.

This specialized serialize for an alternate Redis backend,, injects a payload size attribute into CachedValues

def SerializerPickleInt_loads(value):
	"""build a new CachedValue"""
	serialized_size = len(value)
	value = cPickle.loads(value)
	return CachedValue(value[0],
					   {"ct": value[1],
						"v": value_version,
						"sz": serialized_size,

If this package detects any size payloads in the tracked values, it will display size columns that report the number of bytes per key (and in aggregate reports). If the package does not detect any sz payloads, it will not display the "Size" columns.

Why track size?

Some routes in a project were taking too much time, even with caching. Tracking size - in addition to time - made it easier to pinpoint problematic objects and create a different/leaner caching object.

What does it look like?

The panel renders in two parts:

First Section - topline statistics

Second Section - chronological list of cache operations. API calls and results are color-coded for quick review.