Caching with redis and igbinary

I compiled redis with igbinary support and I'd like to use it with owncloud, I only found an example to use memcached with igbinary, since also redis has similar options I thought that something like this in config.php should work:

  'memcache.local' => '\\OC\\Memcache\\Redis',
  'redis' => 
  array (
    'host' => 'localhost',
    'port' => 6379,
  'filelocking.enabled' => true,
  'memcache.locking' => '\\OC\\Memcache\\Redis',
  'redis_options' => array(
        // Binary serializer vill be enabled if the igbinary PECL module is available

I see no errors but will this really activate igbinary serializer?


how did you came to the conslusion that this option is available in ownCloud?

There is no such option available / listed in the config.sample.php shipped with ownCloud.

In fact I was asking if it existed ...

I was reading this actually, but it's the same as config.sample.php:
and found the options to use igbinary with memcached since also redis provides similar options I was wondering how hard it would be do the same for redis.

To be correct \Redis::OPT_SERIALIZER and \Redis::SERIALIZER_IGBINARY are options provided by the php_redis module I was wondering if just defining the array in that way will set the option in the php_redis module .....

In case it doesn't work/doesn't exist I'd turn the question into a feature request :slight_smile:

I think if that would be supported it would be listed in the config.sample.php or the linked documentation.

You can post feature requests at [1] as they won't get noticed and picked up in here.


Yes I gave a look at /lib/private/Memcache/Memcached.php and it parses the array, my php-fu is a bit rusty ...

I edited ./lib/private/Memcache/Redis.php and forced the option in the constructor this way:

        public function __construct($prefix = '') {
            if (is_null(self::$cache)) {
                    self::$cache = \OC::$server->getGetRedisFactory()->getInstance();
                    self::$cache->setOption(\Redis::OPT_SERIALIZER, \Redis::SERIALIZER_IGBINARY);


so the igbinary serializer is always used, I tested owncloud a bit and apparently everything works perfectly with the igbinary option set, I think I might even copy a few lines from Memcached.php and make Redis.php support the option .....
Well it's late here, tomorrow maybe.

If this makes sense to include in ownCloud you might even create a pull request over at to get this included.

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Sorry, it doesn't make sense, just in case someone reads thiss:
Redis.php (unlike Memcache.php) uses json_encode($value); to store the values which is already faster than standard php serialize:

JSON Encode: 0.084825992584229
JSON Decode: 0.34976410865784
Serialize: 0.38241410255432
Serialize: 7.7904229164124
Igbinary Serialize: 0.046916007995605
Igbinary Serialize: 0.23396801948547

igbinary and msgpack are maybe slightly faster than json_encode but just setting them in the option like I did in in the previous post doesn't make sense.

I'll make the feature request anyway :slight_smile: