Dispatcher cache files are updated unexpectedly | AEM

Look for a pattern by collecting the logs about the cache invalidation requests and the content requests. Check for the 3 different scenarios in the Resolution section.

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Adobe Experience Manager (AEM)


Sometimes Dispatcher cache files are updated at an unexpected time or frequency.

Resolution resolution

Upon publishing content, Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) sends a cache invalidation request (GET /dispatcher/invalidate.cache) to the Dispatcher. After that, when a request for the content comes to the Dispatcher, it updates its cache files.

Based on this behavior, look for a pattern by collecting the logs about the cache invalidation requests and the content requests.

Example logs for an invalidation request:
Dispatcher - access_log - - [ 07/Jun/2022:13:44:35 +0900]  "GET /dispatcher/invalidate.cache HTTP/1.1" 200 13 "about:blank" "Jakarta Commons-HttpClient/3.1"

Dispatcher - dispatcher.log

[ 07/Jun/2022:13:44:35 +0900]  "GET /dispatcher/invalidate.cache HTTP/1.1" 200 purge [ publish/-]  0ms

Publish - error.log

07.06.2022 13:44:35.750 *INFO* [ sling-threadpool-xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx-(apache-sling-job-thread-pool)-1-com_day_cq_replication_job_flush(com/day/cq/replication/job/flush)]  com.day.cq.replication.Agent.flush Sending GET request to http://localhost:80/dispatcher/invalidate.cache
07.06.2022 13:44:35.758 *INFO* [ sling-threadpool-xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx-(apache-sling-job-thread-pool)-1-com_day_cq_replication_job_flush(com/day/cq/replication/job/flush)]  com.day.cq.replication.Agent.flush Replication (ACTIVATE) of /content/xx-xxxxxx/us/en/products successful.


Here are typical cases where the Dispatcher cache files are updated unexpectedly.

Case 1 - Frequent cache updates for unexpected contents

Cache files are updated frequently, but the updated contents are not the target of the cache invalidation request.

In this case, the value of /statfileslevel in the Dispatcher configuration may be too low. Note that, commenting out /statfileslevel in dispatcher.any means “0” for this value.

When you have /statfileslevel "0" and publish content, all the cache files are invalidated regardless of the paths. The link in the AEM Dispatcher Guide below describes the detail:

Configuring Dispatcher - Invalidating Files by Folder Level

Case 2 - Cache invalidation requests from an undesired client

The Dispatcher configuration may not have an appropriate restriction for cache invalidation requests. Check /allowedClients in dispatcher.any.

Case 3 - No cache invalidation requests

The Dispatcher configuration may use time-based cache invalidation. In this case, /enableTTL "1" should exist in dispatcher.any.