iamjonesy iamjonesy - 1 month ago 14
PHP Question

PHP session variables not being maintaned

I have an application that has been working with session variables no problem. I start the session before the headers on every page that uses when, it has been fine then it seems all of a sudden I'm getting an undefined index error when I navigate to a page other than the one that sets up the session variables. But only on some browsers. Sometimes sessions are maintained and sometimes they aren't.

It seems that cookies aren't being stored some of the time. I've done checks using different browsers and sometimes cookies are stored and sometimes not.

I did an experiment. I was using firefox to use to app and I was keeping an eye on the tmp folder where the sessions are stored. I cleaned it out. Using firefox I started using the app, using all the pages that sessions were in use and at the end I checked the tmp folder and it had one session file in there.

Did the exact same with internet explorer and there are now 7 different session files.

I'm using PHP 5.3.0 with the WAMP stack. Apache 2.2.11. Session support is enabled in my phpinfo().

I call a var dump on the first page and it prints out the session data. On any subsequent pages the session variable is empty.

<?php var_dump($_SESSION); ?>


Can anyone help me figure out a solution to this?


Directive Local Value Master Value
session.auto_start Off Off
session.bug_compat_42 On On
session.bug_compat_warn On On
session.cache_expire 180 180
session.cache_limiter nocache nocache
session.cookie_httponly Off Off
session.cookie_lifetime 0 0
session.cookie_path / /
session.cookie_secure Off Off
session.entropy_file no value no value
session.entropy_length 0 0
session.gc_divisor 1000 1000
session.gc_maxlifetime 1440 1440
session.gc_probability 1 1
session.hash_bits_per_character 5 5
session.hash_function 0 0
session.referer_check no value no value
session.save_handler files files
session.save_path c:/wamp/tmp c:/wamp/tmp
session.serialize_handler php php
session.use_cookies On On
session.use_only_cookies On On
session.use_trans_sid 0 0

UPDATE - Solution

Because my app was using iframes pulling in pages from another domain (which i created) the cookies i was trying to set were being blocked. Setup a P3P header and the problem seems to be solved!


My suggestion from your previous question still stands: please compare session ids.

The solution might be as simple as your browser not accepting session cookies.

You retrieve the session id by calling session_id(). Do that right after session_start() it should give you a constant value if the session is the same. Otherwise for every request a new session is instantiated.

Also check C:\wamp\tmp. A gazillion files in this directory might indicate fresh sessions for each request.

EDIT Since we've confirmed new sessions per request, it's time to find out whether session cookies are accepted. Check the settings of your browser and confirm that a cookie for your domain (I guess it's "localhost") with the name PHPSESSID can be found.