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Session variable Name/Key problem

I was working on figuring out how to include a loop's counter's incrementer in the name of a session var. On the way there I constructed a loop that initialized and displayed both the value of the session var and the name of the session var.

I solved my most immediate problem...I can name a session variable by concatenating the loop's counter with a prefix (session("var" & i) = i) but when I try to write the name of a session variable (via its KEY) strange things happen.

<%

for i = 1 to 10

session("var" & cstr(i)) = i
response.write "<p>" & i & ". Contents of the session var: " & session("var" & i) & " <br>Session Name is: " & session.Contents.key(i) & "</p>"

next

%>

Output of the above code is at:

http://216.64.209.102/testloop.asp

Why is the name (KEY) of the session var correct on the 1st iteraction (var1) but not correct on the rest?

thankx
--steve...
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mgfranzCommented:
Works fine for me... ;-)
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juststeveAuthor Commented:
good lord...now it does. every time I ran it while composing the question I got:

1. Contents of the session var: 1
Session Name is: var1

2. Contents of the session var: 2
Session Name is: -1

3. Contents of the session var: 3
Session Name is: -2

4. Contents of the session var: 4
Session Name is: -3

5. Contents of the session var: 5
Session Name is: -4

6. Contents of the session var: 6
Session Name is: -5

7. Contents of the session var: 7
Session Name is: 0

8. Contents of the session var: 8
Session Name is: 1

9. Contents of the session var: 9
Session Name is: 2

10. Contents of the session var: 10
Session Name is: 3

That was across a number different versions of the code. For example...I changed the loop to 1 to 5 to see if the neg numbers changed thier pattern. They didn't. They just stopped earlier.

And I was working against the server remotely just like from here.

Ya gotta believe me. I saw strangeness.

Points go to whoever devises the best reason for my vision of strangeness. Drug-induced theories exempted.

thankx
--steve...

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robbertCommented:
Works for me, too. How are you setting the Session variable?
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dgorinCommented:
You could use For Each ... Next to iterate through your session object.  Here's a partial snip from an asp diagnostic page I use.

<%
...
for each sItem in Session.Contents
     Response.Write "<LI>Session(" & sItem & ") = "
     Response.write VarType(Session.Contents(sItem))
     Select case varType(Session.Contents(sItem))
     case 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 17
     Response.Write " " & Session.Contents(sItem) & "</LI>"
     case else
     'NADA
     end select
next
...
%>
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juststeveAuthor Commented:
Thankx for the snippet dgorin...that'll come in handy in the future I'm sure. Feel free to post the rest of that diagnostic if it's not too much trouble.

robbert...the output I pasted was created by the snippet of code in the original message. For whatever reason...on multiple hits against several variations of that code I got that output. Later, (with a reboot in-between), after the first 'works for me', I started getting the correct output as all you folks have seen.

So I'm a bit baffled but I can live with that...which is a good thing being its a frequent condition.

thankx for the time folks.
--steve...
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dgorinCommented:
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mgfranzCommented:
Hey dgorin, what town are you in?
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dgorinCommented:
I'd rather not post the name here, but I see we're pretty close (I looked at your web site).  I'll send you an email from your site.
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mgfranzCommented:
Which one?  ;-)
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dgorinCommented:
mgfic.com, but there's no email address
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mgfranzCommented:
I'min the process of moving that site, the Host has pretty much SHUT DOWN.  My temecularodrun.com site is hosted there too, pe.net said I can use their DNS servers if I want to, I already have everything else available and set-up at home, servers, router, multiple static IP's, 756 up and down...

mgfranz@pe.net
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