Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Ok I did alot of reading today about caching and how the server sends expire and other data as part of the header. I examined these headers using telenets GET command. So now i know how to cache perl scripts, using query->header. But how do you set the parameters of a html file(or image files) inorder to cache them. Do you use a .htaccess file or is there an other(easier) method. Im a member of which uses apache. Is .htaccess an administrator issue?. and does it dictate for a particular file type or can each file be given its own settings. I found the apache faq very confusing to be honest.

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Re: Caching html files
by nardo (Friar) on Sep 03, 2001 at 05:34 UTC
      one solution (of which there are _many_) is to change the way in which your Perl script returns data.

      One method that I implemented once was to use a combination of Apache mod_rewrite, apache .htaccess files and of course Perl.