Managing the Job Cache

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.

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 management.

The default job cache is a temporary cache and jobs will be stored for 86400 seconds. If the default cache needs to store jobs for a different period the time can be easily adjusted by changing the keep_jobs_seconds parameter in the Salt Master configuration file. The value passed in is measured in seconds:

keep_jobs_seconds: 86400

Reducing the Size of the Default Job Cache

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 False 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 jid 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 /var/cache/salt/master/jobs/ directory.

Setting the job_cache to False in addition to setting the keep_jobs_seconds option to a smaller value, such as 3600, in the Salt Master configuration file will reduce the size of the Default Job Cache, and thus the burden on the Salt Master.


Changing the keep_jobs_seconds option sets the number of seconds to keep old job information and defaults to 86400 seconds. Do not set this value to 0 when trying to make the cache cleaner run more frequently, as this means the cache cleaner will never run.

Additional Job Cache Options

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.

See Storing Job Results in an External System.