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memcached with Django on OS-X

I was developing a Django application for a client. Deployment was on Linux, but I was developing on OS-X. I wanted to do some testing with memcached prior to deployment.


memcached comes with OS-X, so that was a good start. Rather than worrying about configuring it to run automatically, I chose to run memcached from the command line, due to my limited needs.

I was testing with the OS-X Apache server, which runs as user _www.

I fired up memcached with the following command line:

$ sudo memcached -l localhost -u _www -vv

Then, to test it, one can telnet into the memcached process and issue commands:

$ telnet localhost 11211

Google telnet and memcached to find examples of interacting with telnet.


Once I verified that memcached was working properly, I configured Django to use it. First:

$ pip install python-memcached

Then I added the following entry to my file:

 'default': {
     'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.memcached.MemcachedCache',
     'LOCATION': 'localhost:11211',
     'TIMEOUT': 60*5,
     'KEY_PREFIX': '1',