Cache Groups

Cache Groups

You can do more elaborate grouping by setting up cache_id groups. This is accomplished by separating each sub-group with a vertical bar "|" in the cache_id value. You can have as many sub-groups as you like.

You can think of cache groups like a directory hierarchy. For instance, a cache group of "a|b|c" could be thought of as the directory structure "/a/b/c/". clear_cache(null,"a|b|c") would be like removing the files "/a/b/c/*". clear_cache(null,"a|b") would be like removing the files "/a/b/*". If you specify a compile_id such as clear_cache(null,"a|b","foo") it is treated as an appended cache group "/a/b/c/foo/". If you specify a template name such as clear_cache("foo.tpl","a|b|c") then Smarty will attempt to remove "/a/b/c/foo.tpl". You CANNOT remove a specified template name under multiple cache groups such as "/a/b/*/foo.tpl", the cache grouping works left-to-right ONLY. You will need to group your templates under a single cache group heirarchy to be able to clear them as a group.

Cache grouping should not be confused with your template directory heirarchy, the cache grouping has no knowledge of how your templates are structured. So for example, if you have a template structure like "themes/blue/index.tpl" and you want to be able to clear all the cache files for the "blue" theme, you will need to create a cache group structure that mimics your template file structure, such as display("themes/blue/index.tpl","themes|blue"), then clear them with clear_cache(null,"themes|blue").

Example 14-9. cache_id groups

$smarty = new Smarty;

$smarty->caching true;

// clear all caches with 'sports|basketball' as the first two cache_id groups

// clear all caches with "sports" as the first cache_id group. This would
// include "sports|basketball", or "sports|(anything)|(anything)|(anything)|..."

// clear the foo.tpl cache file with "sports|basketball" as the cache_id

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