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image caching in firefox



10:20 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have been trying to create a slideshow of random pictures on my website. It has been quite succesful (it works perfectly in IE) but Firefox refuses to cooperate... It seems to have something to do with the way Firefox caches pictures, but I'm not sure.

There is a html file, which puts rotate.php as a picture on the page.

There is a javascript file, which puts a new rotate.php in the image frame every four seconds.

There is a PHP file, rotate.php, which randomly outputs a picture.

I'm not sure I'm posting this on the right forum, since PHP, HTTP headers and javascript are involved and I don't know what part is causing the problem.

I'll post a part of rotate.php below..

header("Expires: Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT"); 
header("Last-Modified: " . gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s") . " GMT");
header("Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate"); // HTTP/1.1
header("Cache-Control: post-check=0, pre-check=0", false);
header("Pragma: no-cache"); // HTTP/1.0
thumb($filename, 170, 170); // thumb is a working thumbnailgenerator, it outputs correctly in both browsers)

[edited by: jatar_k at 5:19 pm (utc) on Jan. 15, 2006]
[edit reason] no urls thanks [/edit]


10:30 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It seems to be working SOMETIMES though.. Weird.


10:47 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In Firefox, right click on the image and select 'View image'. Now, in the white area around the image, right click and select 'View page info'. You should see what Firefox thinks of the expired and modified dates. Are they what you expect?


11:35 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the advice. Funny thing is, when I click "View Image" it *does* load *another* picture. And it says:

Cache source: Memory cache.

I'm not sure what that means. Anyone?


5:58 pm on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Firefox has two caching options: Memory and disk.

The memory cache includes (correct me if I'm wrong) elements from recently opened pages, such as the images from webmasterworld.com for me now.

The disk cache keeps everything that isn't in the memory cache until it expires.

One solution for you would be to have rotate.php show an img src=$random_image.jpg tag instead of outputting the image directly.


12:33 am on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well there should be a way to prevent FF to put my rotate.php output in its memory cache, right?

Apparantly my header as it is now, doesn't do it. (view code in first message)


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