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Decrement item's value ()
int Memcache::decrement ( string key [, int value] )

Memcache::decrement() decrements value of the item by value. Similarly to Memcache::increment(), current value of the item is being converted to numerical and after that value is substracted.


New item's value will not be less than zero.


Do not use Memcache::decrement() with item, which was stored compressed, because consequent call to Memcache::get() will fail.

Memcache::decrement() does not create an item if it didn't exist. Also you can use memcache_decrement() function.



Key of the item do decrement.


Decrement the item by value. Optional and defaults to 1.

Return Values

Returns item's new value on success or FALSE on failure.


Example 1311. Memcache::decrement() example


/* procedural API */
$memcache_obj = memcache_connect('memcache_host', 11211);
/* decrement item by 2 */
$new_value = memcache_decrement($memcache_obj, 'test_item', 2);

/* OO API */
$memcache_obj = new Memcache;
$memcache_obj->connect('memcache_host', 11211);
/* decrement item by 3 */
$new_value = $memcache_obj->decrement('test_item', 3);