Can I stop files being written to the cache directory via the proxy server?

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Question

When the proxy server is activated and users on the system use the proxy to browse the Internet, files collect in the Cache directory. Is there anyway that I can stop this?

Answer

The Proxy server included with GMS products is intended to allow multiple users on your system to access the Internet through a single connection.

This has a number of uses such as allowing multiple users to use a single dialup connection, logging of all Internet usage, etc.

To speed up usage of the Internet the Proxy server caches copies of the most recently accessed files on the Internet. These files are saved into the gordanocache directory. The next time a user requests the same page it is then served directly from the Cache rather than having to be fetched from the Internet again.

The only way to stop files building up in the Cache directory entirely is to disable the use of the Proxy Server altogether. This does mean that users will no longer be able to access the Internet through the Proxy server and will need to find an alternative means of doing so.

However you can also minimise the size of the Cache directory by using the various settings available on the Proxy > WWW > Parameters page. Bear in mind though that the lower you set the size of the Cache the more often files will have to be fetched from the Internet, lessening the effectiveness of the Proxy.

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Keywords:Cache directory, proxy, proxy server

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