LRU cache?

Steve Holden steve at
Sat Aug 11 16:19:29 CEST 2007

Thomas Wittek wrote:
> Paul Rubin schrieb:
>> Anyone got a favorite LRU cache implementation?  I see a few in google
>> but none look all that good.  I just want a dictionary indexed by
>> strings, that remembers the last few thousand entries I put in it.
> I don't know a module for that (although it might exist), but I could
> imagine how to implement it.
> Generally a LRU cache could be implemented as a (linked) list with a
> max. size of N.
> On usage of an object this object will be moved to the top of the list
> (and removed from the old position).
> If it's not yet stored in the cache, you (fetch it from the source and)
> add it on top and remove the last one, if the list exceeds N entries.
> So you need to do two things:
> 1) Maintain a list: Use a (linked) list.
> 2) Random access to that list: Use a dict (hash), that also has to be
> updated on removal/addition of objects.
Paul's an old enough hand that he's well able to determine this for 
himself. He's also polite enough not to reply along those lines :-)

*I* don't know of module for tracking how plants grow, but I could 
imagine how to implement it ...

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