MemcacheQ - Simple Queue Service over Memcache


Getting Started


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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 stvchu: 09/22/2008

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