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Thread: Session Error (session is active) with fresh install?

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    Exclamation Session Error (session is active) with fresh install?


    I just attempted a fresh install of OR 3.1.2 (starting over here after 3+ years of successful OR use). The install seemed to go fine until the first configuration page (admin/index.php?action=configure), where it gave me the following slew of errors (posted at bottom). This is a completely clean install with new database, so I wasn't expecting any troubles! I have another instance of OR (version 2.5.2) running on the same server (different domain), of which I'm not experiencing any troubles. I receive the same errors on multiple browsers, even after clearing cache/restarting. Am I missing something obvious? I found only two other posts in the forums referencing this issue, but neither seemed to lead to a fix. I really appreciate any help you can provide!

    Warning: session_module_name() [function.session-module-name]: A session is active. You cannot change the session module's ini settings at this time in /home/sterling/public_html/include/class/adodb/session/adodb-session.php on line 202

    Notice: Use of undefined constant OPENREALTY_PRODUCTNAME - assumed 'OPENREALTY_PRODUCTNAME' in /home/sterling/public_html/include/ on line 1659

    Notice: Use of undefined constant OPENREALTY_PRODUCTNAME - assumed 'OPENREALTY_PRODUCTNAME' in /home/sterling/public_html/include/ on line 1659

    Notice: Undefined index: userID in /home/sterling/public_html/include/ on line 3668


    Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/tmp) in Unknown on line 0

    In case it helps, here is an excerpt from my php.ini file
    ; Handler used to store/retrieve data.
    session.save_handler = files

    ; Argument passed to save_handler. In the case of files, this is the path
    ; where data files are stored. Note: Windows users have to change this
    ; variable in order to use PHP's session functions.
    ; As of PHP 4.0.1, you can define the path as:
    ; session.save_path = "N;/path"
    ; where N is an integer. Instead of storing all the session files in
    ; /path, what this will do is use subdirectories N-levels deep, and
    ; store the session data in those directories. This is useful if you
    ; or your OS have problems with lots of files in one directory, and is
    ; a more efficient layout for servers that handle lots of sessions.
    ; NOTE 1: PHP will not create this directory structure automatically.
    ; You can use the script in the ext/session dir for that purpose.
    ; NOTE 2: See the section on garbage collection below if you choose to
    ; use subdirectories for session storage
    ; The file storage module creates files using mode 600 by default.
    ; You can change that by using
    ; session.save_path = "N;MODE;/path"
    ; where MODE is the octal representation of the mode. Note that this
    ; does not overwrite the process's umask.
    session.save_path = "/tmp"

    ; Whether to use cookies.
    session.use_cookies = 1

    ; This option enables administrators to make their users invulnerable to
    ; attacks which involve passing session ids in URLs; defaults to 0.
    ; session.use_only_cookies = 1

    ; Name of the session (used as cookie name). = PHPSESSID

    ; Initialize session on request startup.
    session.auto_start = 0

    ; Lifetime in seconds of cookie or, if 0, until browser is restarted.
    session.cookie_lifetime = 0

    ; The path for which the cookie is valid.
    session.cookie_path = /

    ; The domain for which the cookie is valid.
    session.cookie_domain =

    ; Whether or not to add the httpOnly flag to the cookie, which makes it inaccessible to browser scripting languages such as JavaScript.
    session.cookie_httponly =

    ; Handler used to serialize data. php is the standard serializer of PHP.
    session.serialize_handler = php

    ; Define the probability that the 'garbage collection' process is started
    ; on every session initialization.
    ; The probability is calculated by using gc_probability/gc_divisor,
    ; e.g. 1/100 means there is a 1% chance that the GC process starts
    ; on each request.

    session.gc_probability = 1
    session.gc_divisor = 100

    ; After this number of seconds, stored data will be seen as 'garbage' and
    ; cleaned up by the garbage collection process.
    session.gc_maxlifetime = 1440

    ; NOTE: If you are using the subdirectory option for storing session files
    ; (see session.save_path above), then garbage collection does *not*
    ; happen automatically. You will need to do your own garbage
    ; collection through a shell script, cron entry, or some other method.
    ; For example, the following script would is the equivalent of
    ; setting session.gc_maxlifetime to 1440 (1440 seconds = 24 minutes):
    ; cd /path/to/sessions; find -cmin +24 | xargs rm

    ; PHP 4.2 and less have an undocumented feature/bug that allows you to
    ; to initialize a session variable in the global scope, albeit register_globals
    ; is disabled. PHP 4.3 and later will warn you, if this feature is used.
    ; You can disable the feature and the warning separately. At this time,
    ; the warning is only displayed, if bug_compat_42 is enabled.

    session.bug_compat_42 = 1
    session.bug_compat_warn = 1

    ; Check HTTP Referer to invalidate externally stored URLs containing ids.
    ; HTTP_REFERER has to contain this substring for the session to be
    ; considered as valid.
    session.referer_check =

    ; How many bytes to read from the file.
    session.entropy_length = 0

    ; Specified here to create the session id.
    session.entropy_file =

    ;session.entropy_length = 16

    ;session.entropy_file = /dev/urandom

    ; Set to {nocache,private,public,} to determine HTTP caching aspects
    ; or leave this empty to avoid sending anti-caching headers.
    session.cache_limiter = nocache

    ; Document expires after n minutes.
    session.cache_expire = 180

    ; trans sid support is disabled by default.
    ; Use of trans sid may risk your users security.
    ; Use this option with caution.
    ; - User may send URL contains active session ID
    ; to other person via. email/irc/etc.
    ; - URL that contains active session ID may be stored
    ; in publically accessible computer.
    ; - User may access your site with the same session ID
    ; always using URL stored in browser's history or bookmarks.
    session.use_trans_sid = 0

    ; Select a hash function
    ; 0: MD5 (128 bits)
    ; 1: SHA-1 (160 bits)
    session.hash_function = 0
    Last edited by psterling; 05-07-2011 at 10:39 AM. Reason: added more info

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    Default Re: Session Error (session is active) with fresh install?

    Try removing all cookies from your browser for the domain you are installing and the domain you already have installed. Then try doing a fresh OR v3 install.
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    Default Re: Session Error (session is active) with fresh install?

    Did it per your recommendation. It works now!! I'm not sure how to mark this problem solved, but thank you!!

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