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<p>The Postfix memcache client allows you to hook up Postfix to a
memcache server. The current implementation supports one memcache
server per Postfix table, with one optional Postfix database that
provides persistent backup.  The Postfix memcache client supports
the lookup, update, delete and sequence operations.  The sequence
(i.e. first/next) operation requires a backup database that supports
this operation. </p>

<p> Typically, the Postfix memcache client is used to reduce query
load on a persistent database, but it may also be used to query a
memory-only database for low-value, easy-to-recreate, information
such as a reputation cache for <a href="postscreen.8.html">postscreen(8)</a>, <a href="verify.8.html">verify(8)</a> or greylisting.



<li> <p> The Postfix memcache client cannot be used for security-sensitive
tables such as <tt><a href="postconf.5.html#alias_maps">alias_maps</a></tt> (these may contain "<tt>|command</tt>"
and "<tt>/file/name</tt>" destinations), or <tt><a href="postconf.5.html#virtual_uid_maps">virtual_uid_maps</a></tt>,
<tt><a href="postconf.5.html#virtual_gid_maps">virtual_gid_maps</a></tt> and <tt><a href="postconf.5.html#virtual_mailbox_maps">virtual_mailbox_maps</a></tt> (these
specify UNIX process privileges or "<tt>/file/name</tt>" destinations).
Typically, a memcache database is writable by any process that can
talk to the memcache server; in contrast, security-sensitive tables
must never be writable by the unprivileged Postfix user.  </p>

<li> <p> The Postfix memcache client requires additional configuration
when used as <a href="postscreen.8.html">postscreen(8)</a> or <a href="verify.8.html">verify(8)</a> cache.  For details see the
<tt>backup</tt> and <tt>ttl</tt> parameter discussions in the
<a href="memcache_table.5.html">memcache_table(5)</a> manual page. </p>


<h2>Building Postfix with memcache support</h2>

<p>The Postfix memcache client has no external dependencies,
and is therefore built into Postfix by default. </p>

<h2>Configuring memcache lookup tables</h2>

<p> Configuration is described in the <a href="memcache_table.5.html">memcache_table(5)</a> manpage. </p>


<p> The first memcache client for Postfix was written by Omar Kilani,
and was based on the libmemcache library. </p>

<p> Wietse wrote the current memcache client from the ground up for
Postfix version 2.9.  This implementation does not use libmemcache,
and bears no resemblance to earlier work.  </p>