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How do you handle CloudFront / S3 and files needing to be overwritten or updated?

content delivery network, General, Hosting, Random, Tips / September 17th, 2009 / Comments Off

The most experience I have with CDN’s or Content Delivery Networks resides mostly with Akamai. However as I make a move toward CloudFront, the single striking issue hitting me in the face has to be how one handles overwriting files.

From what I have heard, the best practice when dealing with CloudFront and S3 is to version your filenames. Maybe something like v1_filename.jpg or v1_common.css

Then, when it comes to a new update and you can’t wait 24 hours for the file to be updated/purged, you upload v2_filename.jpg

This seems like a giant hassle which requires you to update your web application to use the newly named filename. Is there a solution around this with CloudFront and S3?

Please, comments are welcome!

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