[OSM-dev] mod_tile default expiry

Jon Burgess jburgess777 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 18:30:23 BST 2010

On Tue, 2010-10-05 at 14:11 +0200, Peter Körner wrote:
> Hi
> I'm unsure about the expiry code in mod_tile.
> As far as I see mod_tile does treads a tile as old in two conditions:
>   - the tile is older then the planet-import-complete file
>   - the tile has not been changed for PLANET_INTERVAL days (defaults to
>     7 days)
> So even if I'm not using render_expired or expire.py or another expiry 
> method, all regular accessed tiles a re-rendered each 7 days?

The code which uses PLANET_INTERVAL is calculating the expiry headers to
send back in the HTTP response. This means that when a tile is older
than the PLANET_INTERVAL then the HTTP client might decide to discard it
or at least come back and check whether it is still fresh via a
conditional GET request. 

This does not directly cause renderd to render the tile again. If the
tile still exists and is newer than the PLANET_TIMESTAMP then mod_tile
will either return the existing tile or send a '304 not modified'
response without even talking to the render daemon.


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