Emulation of expiration of the set members

Suppose you have some keys and put expiration on some of them. Then you organize them into a set (bucket). Problem that will happen is when a key expires, it is still in the set.

Sure program can handle the expired keys and remove it from the set, however if the key never need it, it will be never removed. Soon after, the set may grow and get all memory available.

First way of dealing with this could be a crontab process that inspects the set element by element and removes them if needed.

Another more tricky way will be to use sorted set.

Then prior get the element or range from the sorted set, we do "ZREMRANGEBYSCORE xxx 0 current_timestamp().

Here are the PHP code:

$r = new Redis();
$r->connect("127.0.0.1", "6379");

$key = "myzset";

//Add something...
$r->zadd($key, 0, "someting without expiration");
$r->zadd($key, time() + 60 * 5, "someting with 5 min expiration");

// ...

// Get element...

// ... but remove junk first...
$r->zremrangebyscore($key, 0, time());

// ... and get the elements...
print_r($r->zrange(0, -1));

Redis connection note

The example uses generic connection to the Redis server. To make the example work with our service you will need to use code similar to this one:

// change these parameter according to the information in your instance list
$host = '50.30.35.9';
$port = 1234;
$password = 'somehashcode';
$db = 0;

$r = new Redis();
$r->connect($host, $port);
$r->auth($password);
$r->select($db);

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