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Gzip and caching

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Hi folks, I couldn't find any posts about this issue-

I am using Firebug to examine my page loading. When I call a large JS file, it gets downloaded once and then shows as being cached the next time I go to the page.

For example, it shows "9 requests 100 KB (90 KB from cache)"

However, if I change the JS file to a PHP file with GZIP, it compresses that 90KB file down to 20KB, but never says it pulls it from cache. The Firefox "about:cache" page shows that each time the page loads, the fetch count on that file goes up.

I am wondering- is this gzipped file being repeatedly downloaded, or just checking that the file is still the same? If it is being downloaded again, is there a different header I can send to make it work?

Here is the PHP I am using for the gzipped javascript (see to expire 1 year)

header("Content-type: text/javascript; charset: UTF-8");
header("Content-Encoding: gzip");
header("Cache-Control: must-revalidate");
header("Expires: ".gmdate("D,d M Y H:i:s",time() + 3600*24*365)." GMT");

Thanks everyone!
Oct 2 '08 #1
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Heya, Unicron.

I'm not terribly familiar with how browser cache headers work, but this article might be useful:
Oct 2 '08 #2

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