I'm trying to cache an object returned after a 3rd party API call via HTTP. The API charges based on calls, so I'm trying to cache the information returned for some period of time.

However I don't seem to be able to get cache_set() to ever store anything. I've enabled "Cache pages for anonymous users" and "Cache blocks" in the performance configuration, as I read somewhere that the cache API may depend on those being set.

I'm using code inside a function called in hook_block_view():

$cache_key = 'custom_module'.$index;

$conditions = cache_get($cache_key);

if (!$conditions) { $conditions = API_CALL($index); cache_set($cache_key, $conditions, 'cache', REQUEST_TIME + (60 * 10)); //stores in cache table and expires after 10 minutes }

However this still results in an API call per page load with testing from a logged out browser. I added some minimal test code:


And the output is "bool(false)".

Looking in the database shows the 'cache' table is empty.

I'm about to start digging through the function calls being cache_set() to see what is happening, and intend to report back what I find. However if this is a common problem perhaps someone already has an answer?

  • Just copy/pasted your code into /devel/php and cache_get('testing')->data == 'foo' as expected. Your cache table shouldn't be empty (unless you're not using db cache) so it might suggest you have a custom/contrib module invalidating the cache on every page load
    – Clive
    Nov 26, 2014 at 0:25
  • Yep - just had a forehead slap moment. Earlier in the piece I had problems with excess caching, and had configured up "DrupalFakeCache". Had to debug down into the cache_set function to realise it wasn't calling the default cache implementation before I remembered!
    – Mark
    Nov 26, 2014 at 3:28

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I'm an idiot, and I had configured up the DrupalFakeCache earlier in development to prevent caching. Clearly this results in no caching.

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