Web Performance Cache I Hates You!

Apache in OS X Server has a feature1 called the web performance cache which is the bane of my existence. It has limited use (mostly for large volume static sites) but it is enabled by default for every new site you create, and enabling it for just one site can effect the behavior of every site on the box.

Invariably someone creates a new site on one of our servers and fails to disable the perf cache. Bad things ensue. I get grumpy.

Server Admin makes it difficult to discover which of the 100 or so sites on our primary web servers have the the perf cache enabled (click-click, options, close, click-click, options, close… sigh). Thankfully there is another way. Fire up the terminal and type:

cat /etc/webperfcache/webperfcache.conf

This command will list the contents of the webperfcache.conf file. Any sites listed will have the perf cache enabled. Turn it off, I beg you.

1 This “feature” has cost me more time than a zillion years worth of performance benefit.

Aw (maybe) nuts!

Jonathan ‘Wolf’ Rentzsch has announced the dates for C4[1] (August 10-12). Unfortunately we leave for summer vacation that weekend so I won’t be able to make it.


It was an outstanding event last year and I was really looking forward to attending again.

Update: Maybe not so bleak, there might be a way…

Personality Type?

You Are An INTP

The Thinker

You are analytical and logical – and on a quest to learn everything you can.
Smart and complex, you always love a new intellectual challenge.
Your biggest pet peeve is people who slow you down with trivial chit chat.
A quiet maverick, you tend to ignore rules and authority whenever you feel like it.

You would make an excellent mathematician, programmer, or professor.

Thanks to: D’arcy Norman