Package for monitoring users' online status / presence?

sure, it (it = my code) works - but not very efficiently :wink:

no, I couldn’t make TTL work from within Meteor…

What do you mean by that exactly? I’ve used that technique successfully before.

well, I think polling the DB is unnecessary, and that I can get the same result with, for example, TTL in Mongo. I imagine that would be more efficient.

Awesome that you’ve done this before - do you have any advice on improving my code?

I’m not sure if there’s other area’s of improvement - Haven’t put much thought into it yet, and haven’t tested how performant it is either, so… :slightly_smiling:

Ah - I thought you were saying that using MongoDB’s TTL didn’t work from Meteor.

wauw, I completely misunderstood:

I couldn’t make it work last night - I did it like this:


That value of 0 for expireAfterSeconds is for use when expiring at a particular clock time (which I haven’t tried). Using a non-zero value (relative time) works fine though - so you may still be right :slightly_smiling:.

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Yeah - I’ll pull up some code now, so we can get to the bottom of this :smile:

const ttl = new Mongo.Collection('ttl')

ttl._ensureIndex({expireAt:1}, {expireAfterSeconds:5})

Meteor.setInterval(() => {
	ttl.insert({expireAt:new Date()})
}, 10000)

The above doesn’t work

I’ll try and hack at it some more with different settings…

Well, I’ve just tried my own experiment with values of 0 and non-0 and both work fine!

so if you copy/paste my code it works for you, or did you do something differently? :confused:


So, I added this in a server/ folder (my Coll = new Mongo.Collection('coll'); is in a lib/ folder):

Meteor.startup(function() {
  if (Coll.find().count() === 0) {
    const now = new Date();
    const later = new Date(now.valueOf() + 60000);
    Coll.insert({name:'bob', createdAt:now, expireAt:later});

and used meteor mongo to watch the collection:


(yes, I kept clicking on that!).

Sure enough, at the appointed time the document had gone. Similarly for a non-zero value.


In recent times I am testing this package and I have to say that it is really well done!

for horizontal scaling the author advise to use it: