The Salt Master maintains a job cache of all job executions which can be queried via the jobs runner. This job cache is called the Default Job Cache.
A number of options are available when configuring the job cache. The default
caching system uses local storage on the Salt Master and can be found in the
job cache directory (on Linux systems this is typically
/var/cache/salt/master/jobs). The default caching system is suitable for most
deployments as it does not typically require any further configuration or
The default job cache is a temporary cache and jobs will be stored for 24
hours. If the default cache needs to store jobs for a different period the
time can be easily adjusted by changing the
keep_jobs parameter in the
Salt Master configuration file. The value passed in is measured via hours:
The Default Job Cache can sometimes be a burden on larger deployments (over 5000 minions). Disabling the job cache will make previously executed jobs unavailable to the jobs system and is not generally recommended. Normally it is wise to make sure the master has access to a faster IO system or a tmpfs is mounted to the jobs dir.
However, you can disable the
job_cache by setting it to
in the Salt Master configuration file. Setting this value to
False means that
the Salt Master will no longer cache minion returns, but a JID directory and
file for each job will still be created. This JID directory is necessary for
checking for and preventing JID collisions.
The default location for the job cache is in the
False in addition to setting
keep_jobs option to a smaller value, such as
1, in the Salt
Master configuration file will reduce the size of the Default Job Cache, and thus
the burden on the Salt Master.
keep_jobs option sets the number of hours to keep old job
information and defaults to
24 hours. Do not set this value to
trying to make the cache cleaner run more frequently, as this means the cache
cleaner will never run.
Many deployments may wish to use an external database to maintain a long term register of executed jobs. Salt comes with two main mechanisms to do this, the master job cache and the external job cache.