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Common plugin cache

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Author: anxdpanic, TheCollective

Type: Services
Repo: repo v21 repo v20 repo v19

License: GPL-3.0-only
Source: Source code
Summary: A common caching API for Kodi add-ons.
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A common caching API for Kodi add-ons.


This add-on is installed from the Add-on browser located in Kodi as follows:

  1. Settings
  2. Add-ons
  3. Install from repository
  4. Services
  5. Common plugin cache
  6. Install


Integration and unittests are run continously by Jenkins


This service works as an independant storage server to XBMC's implementation.

It provides proper thread safe locking and get set functions to store data.

Do note that important data should NOT be stored using this service as the sqlite database will be deleted on any corruption.

Development and support thread:


To use the cacheing service edit your addon.xml file like this.

   <import addon="xbmc.python" version="2.1.0"/>
   <import addon="script.common.plugin.cache" version="2.5.5"/> # Add this

And add the following to your py file.

   import StorageServer
   import storageserverdummy as StorageServer
 cache = StorageServer.StorageServer("tablename", 24) # (Your plugin name, Cache time in hours)

You can now access the caching service through the "cache" variable.

Remember to include a fallback file(Copy it from the script.common.plugin.cache/lib/ directory)


To enable debugging set the following values in

dbg = True

Or you can change it after import with.

common.dbg = True

Note: Only the client communication will be debugged when setting this flag.

cacheFunction(self, funct = False, *args)

Caching function results for one day.

The function being cached must return a list or a dictionary.

A cache is only stored if the result returned is longer than 0 in length.

Returns what the provided function returns.

 def pi_count(self):
     def arccot(x, unity):
         sum = xpower = unity // x
         n = 3
         sign = -1
         while 1:
               xpower = xpower // (x*x)
               term = xpower // n
               if not term:
               sum += sign * term
               sign = -sign
               n += 2
         return sum
     digits = 40
     unity = 10**(digits + 10)
     pi = 4 * (4*arccot(5, unity) - arccot(239, unity))
     return pi // 10**10
 result = cache.cacheFunction(pi_count) # This will call the pi_count function, save the result in the cache, and return the result.
 result = cache.cacheFunction(pi_count) # This will return the cached result
 result = cache.cacheFunction(pi_count) # This will again call pi_count since the result is now considered stale.

To pass arguments to the function, you just add them as additional arguments to cacheFunction.

 result = cache.cacheFunction(calc_add, 4, 4)
 second_result = cache.cacheFunction(another_function, 5, ret = "True", { "complicated": "true" } )

If you need to pass on another function as an argument, this must be done in in a dictionary like this: { "new_results_function": pi_count }.

Because functions are instances they have specific identifiers that will change on every run. When cacheFunction generates the hash for a call and its result it will not take into account params["new_results_function"]. This means:

  • One should NOT use params["new_results_function"] for anything OTHER than a function, since cacheFunction will then return false matches.
  • One should NOT pass on a function in any way other than params["new_results_function"], as cacheFunction will never find a match.
 def some_function(first, second, params = {} ):
   if params.has_key("new_results_function"):
     return params["new_results_function"](first, second)
     return 0

 result = cache.cacheFunction(some_function, 1, 3, params = { "new_results_function": calc_add } )

lock(self, str)

Try to aquire a lock

Returns bool

 cache.table_name = "PluginName"
 locked = cache.lock("lock_me") # Returns True
 if locked:
   print "Got lock"

 new_lock = cache.lock("lock_me") # Returns False
 if not new_lock:
   print "Couldn't aquire second lock.

unlock(self, str)

Try to unlock

Returns bool

 cache.table_name = "PluginName"
 lock = cache.lock("lock_me") # Returns True

 unlocked = cache.unlock("lock_me") # Returns True
 if unlocked:
   print "Discarded lock"

 new_unlocked = cache.unlock("lock_me") # Returns False
 if not new_unlocked:
   print "Couldn't discard lock."

delete(self, str)

Delete entities matching the str.

This functions accepts SQL wildcards.

Returns nothing

 cache.table_name = "PluginName"
 cache.set("mystring", "string")
 cache.set("myint", 1234)
 cache.set("mydict", repr({ "our": { "dictionary": [] } }) )

 some_int = cache.get("myint")
 print some_int # prints ""

 some_string = cache.get("mystring")
 print some_string # prints ""

 some_dict = cache.get("mydict")
 print some_dict # prints ""

set(self, str, object )

Store a value

Returns nothing

 cache.table_name = "PluginName"
 cache.set("some_string", "string")
 cache.set("some_int", 1234)
 cache.set("some_dict", repr({ "our": { "dictionary": [] } }) )

setMulti(self, str, dict)

Store multiple values

Returns nothing

 cache.table_name = "PluginName"

 save_data = { "some_string": "string", "some_int": 1234, "some_dict": repr({ "our": { "dictionary": [] } }) }
 cache.setMulti("pre-", save_data)

get(self, str)

Get a value

Returns stored data.

 cache.table_name = "PluginName"
 cache.set("some_string", "string")
 cache.set("some_int", 1234)
 cache.set("some_dict", repr({ "our": { "dictionary": [] } }) )

 some_string = cache.get("some_string")
 print some_string # Prints "string"

 some_int = cache.get("some_int")
 print some_int # prints 1234

 some_dict = cache.get("some_dict")
 print eval(some_dict) # prints '{ "our": { "dictionary": [] } }'

getMulti(self, str, list)

Get multiple values

Retuns list of stored data elements.

 cache.table_name = "PluginName"

 save_data = { "some_string": "string", "some_int": 1234, "some_dict": repr({ "our": { "dictionary": [] } }) }
 cache.setMulti("pre-", save_data)

 get_list = [ "some_string", "some_int", "some_dict" ]
 result = cache.getMulti("pre-", get_list)
 print result[0] # Prints "string"
 print result[1] # Prints 1234
 print eval(result[2]) # Prints '{ "our": { "dictionary": [] } }'