[thelist] PHP $_SESSION Expiring in IE

Tony Crockford tonyc at boldfish.co.uk
Sat Jan 3 06:02:41 CST 2004

On Sat, 3 Jan 2004 11:39:23 -0000, Tarrant Costelloe <taz at madfolk.com> 

> I cannot for the life of me figure out why a server side $_SESSION would
> expire on IE but not for MOZ or Opera but it is, and I need to figure
> out why and how can I fix this.
> REF. All login information is saved as such:
> session_save_path("$path/sessions");
> session_start();
> $_SESSION['session_memberID']=$session_memberID;
> $_SESSION['session_username']=$session_username;
> $_SESSION['session_groupID']=$membergroup;

Strangely I've been suffering similar problems but not limited to one 
particular browser.

I think there is an undocumented problem with latest releases of PHP, 
although my problems are limited to remote *nix hosting.

I have surmised the following possible causes:

too frequent garbage collection and a problem with PHP wrongly collecting 
live sessions as garbage[1]
to short a session lifetime set in a different users script on my shared 

what version of PHP are you running?
Shared or dedicated server?

My only option is to move from PHP's file based sessions to a database 
stored session[3]

Hope this helps in some way?


[1]picked up in google searches, no longer have a reference.
[2]http://uk2.php.net/session (see comments by tim at digicol dot de)

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