Is it possible to find the seconds left / TTL when retrieving cache (when set to Redis) via plugins? I'm using short-lived cache (~600 seconds) to put users on "cooldown" to limit how often they can create new forum topics, by creating a user-specific cache whenever they create a topic. Then I can check and see if this cache exists when they create a new topic.

When getting the cache like:

$cache = craft()->cache->get( $cacheKey );

If it returns true (exists,) I'd like to be able to tell the user how long they need to wait until they can post again (like Reddit.)

I've tried methods like

$cache->ttl; // doesn't work; not an object
$cache['ttl']; // doesn't work, no 'ttl' key

Maybe I am missing something in the Cache Service Doc? Or is this meta information simply not available?

Any information would be awesome. Cheers!

  • Just shot them an email. Cheers!
    – taylor
    Jan 22, 2016 at 20:52

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Craft is piggybacking off of Yii's caching functionality for 99% of this and their cache classes don't expose any type of TTL functionality. My guess is that because of all the different caching providers they support (memcache, xCache, WinCache, ApcCache, etc.), it looks like Redis is the only one that has this sort of functionality.

There isn't a clean way for us to add this to Craft itself, so I think a proper fix would be to add it to Yii, but considering Yii 1 is in bug fix more and not getting any more enhancements and Yii 2 has dropped support for Redis, that seems unlikely.

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