#38 ✓resolved
James Coleman

logout_on_timeout not functioning as expected

Reported by James Coleman | February 10th, 2009 @ 02:58 PM

I have logout_on_timeout true in my model and the setting for the length of a session before timeout. This works correctly, and users are logged out after the specified time. However, in the documentation for logout_on_timeout (Authlogic::Session::Config::ClassMethods) it states: "Lastly, UserSession.find will still return a object is the session is stale, but you will not get a record. This allows you to determine if the user needs to log back in because their session went stale, or because they just aren‘t logged in. Just call current_user_session.stale? as your flag."

So I have tried using current_user_session.stale? in several different places (I need to clear some extra data out of the session when a user logs out or is logged out) but I always get an error the current_user_session is nil when used right after UserSession.find on an just auto-logged out user.

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  • Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson February 11th, 2009 @ 02:40 AM

    • State changed from “new” to “resolved”

    Hmm, this should done in a global before_filter. So your current_user_session method should look something like:

    def current_user_session
    return @current_user_session if defined?(@current_user_session)
    @current_user_session = UserSession.find
    if @current_user_session && @current_user_session.stale?
    redirect_to new_user_session_url(:stale => true)
    return false

    Then using that "stale" parameter you can display the proper message. Hope this helps.

  • James Coleman

    James Coleman February 11th, 2009 @ 10:09 AM

    I did already have current_user as a global before_filter. I modified my current_user_session to look like this for testing purposes:

    @@@ Ruby def current_user_session

    RAILS_DEFAULT_LOGGER.error("\n In current_user_session \n")
    return @current_user_session if defined?(@current_user_session)
    @current_user_session = UserSession.find
    RAILS_DEFAULT_LOGGER.error("\n After UserSession.find \n")
    if @current_user_session && @current_user_session.stale?
      RAILS_DEFAULT_LOGGER.error("\n Stale current_user_session \n")
      return false
    return @current_user_session


    As expected in the log I get "In current_user_session" and then the SQL calls and then "After UserSession.find" but while the user is being automatically logged out, "Stale current_user_session" does not appear in the log. So it appears that even when the session is detected as stale, the UserSession.find returns nil as opposed to returning an object that I can call .stale? on as it says in the documentation.
  • Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson February 11th, 2009 @ 01:51 PM

    I uploaded a fix. If the session is stale it will return a session, but there will be no record associated with it. But calling stale? on the session object will return true. I put some tests in place to make sure this is the case and they all passes.

  • James Coleman

    James Coleman February 11th, 2009 @ 04:38 PM

    logout_on_timeout true should still work in the user_session.rb correct? Because I have that set to true, and now it is not even automatically logging stale sessions out. I have a logged in user and to force a test, in the console I set user.last_request_at = 45.minutes.ago and saved. I then ran script/server --debugger and stepped through the current_user_session method. UserSession.find did return an object now instead of nil, but the @current_user_session.stale? returns false and the user is also not automatically logged out. Before this update, the user was automatically being logged out but you couldn't call stale? on a nil object. Now it seems like the code to set the stale flag isn't working. Am I doing something wrong here?

  • Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson February 11th, 2009 @ 04:45 PM

    Alright, this is fixed and I put specific tests in place for this. Let me know if you have any other problems.

  • James Coleman

    James Coleman February 11th, 2009 @ 06:26 PM

    That update seems to have solved all of the problems! Thanks for the quick attention.

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