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Fixed #2541 -- Added helpful error message for CacheMiddleware in the case of CACHE_ANONYMOUS_ONLY=True and uninstalled/unordered AuthenticationMiddleware. Thanks,

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File django/middleware/

     def process_request(self, request):
         "Checks whether the page is already cached and returns the cached version if available."
+        if self.cache_anonymous_only:
+            assert hasattr(request, 'user'), "The Django cache middleware with CACHE_MIDDLEWARE_ANONYMOUS_ONLY=True requires authentication middleware to be installed. Edit your MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES setting to insert 'django.contrib.auth.middleware.AuthenticationMiddleware' before the CacheMiddleware."
         if not request.method in ('GET', 'HEAD') or request.GET:
             request._cache_update_cache = False
             return None # Don't bother checking the cache.