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Old April 26th, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Default Passing through sessions


I am working on chapter 2 of beginning php,mysql and apache - moviesite.php and movie1.php. I am now working on Passing variables through sessions. I have cut and past the code (which I downloaded from the wrox site) for both php files (therefore if the code is coming from the source, it surely must be ok).

Every time I click the hyperlink: "click here to see information...." on the movie1.php, it should return:

Welcome to our site Joe 12345
My favourite movie is Life of Brian
My movie rating for this movie is : 5

However (even when I use the code from the book) No session information is passed at all, and all I get is:

My favorite movie is Life of Brian
My movie rating for this movie is: 5

Here is the code I'm using from the book:


<TITLE>Find my Favorite Movie!</TITLE>
     $myfavmovie=urlencode("Life of Brian");
     echo "<a href='http://localhost/moviesite.php?favmovie=$myfavmovie'>";
     echo "Click here to see information about my favorite movie!";
     echo "</a>";

moviesite.php code:

//check to see if user has logged in with a valid password
     if ($_SESSION['authuser']!=1) {
     echo "Sorry, but you don't have permission to view this page, you loser!";
<TITLE>My Movie Site - <?php echo $_REQUEST['favmovie'] ?></TITLE>
     echo "Welcome to our site, ";
     echo $_SESSION['username'];
     echo "! <br>";
     echo "My favorite movie is ";
     echo $_REQUEST['favmovie'];
     echo "<br>";
     echo "My movie rating for this movie is: ";
     echo $movierate;


I have checked the registered globals are off (they are) and made sure the php.ini file "session_save_path" is pointing to the C:/temp (which it is).

Does anybody no whats wrong or what I am doing wrong? I basically can't progress through the book until I resolve the problem as the next section uses sessions and cookies, and It won't work if the sessions don't work.


Kind regards

Old May 15th, 2005, 11:35 AM
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Are you running any software that might block first party/session cookies?

One such is ZoneAlarm Pro - another is Norton Internet Suite.

Also, IE 6 can be set to block the session cookie. So what are your privacy settings (assuming you're using IE6)?

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