Caching Persistent Objects

Creating Objects de novo

Creating ghosts from scratch, as opposed to ghostifying a non-ghost is rather tricky. IPeristent doesn’t really provide the right interface given that:

  • _p_deactivate() and _p_invalidate() are overridable, and could assume that the object’s state is properly initialized.
  • Assigning _p_changed to None just calls _p_deactivate().
  • Deleting _p_changed just calls _p_invalidate().


The current cache implementation is intimately tied up with the persistence implementation and has internal access to the persistence state. The cache implementation can update the persistence state for newly created and ininitialized objects directly.

The future persistence and cache implementations will be far more decoupled. The persistence implementation will only manage object state and generate object-usage events. The cache implemnentation(s) will be rersponsible for managing persistence-related (meta-)state, such as _p_state, _p_changed, _p_oid, etc. So in that future implemention, the cache will be more central to managing object persistence information.

Caches have a new_ghost() method that:

  • adds an object to the cache, and
  • initializes its persistence data.
>>> import persistent
>>> from persistent.tests.utils import ResettingJar

>>> class C(persistent.Persistent):
...     pass

>>> jar = ResettingJar()
>>> cache = persistent.PickleCache(jar, 10, 100)
>>> ob = C.__new__(C)
>>> cache.new_ghost('1', ob)

>>> ob._p_changed
>>> ob._p_jar is jar
>>> ob._p_oid

>>> cache.cache_non_ghost_count