Global.asa

It's gotta be a dumb question -

How do I create the global.asa file?

What are the required values?

Any good reading on global.asa?
goldstarAsked:
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choroqueConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The global.asa file is automatically created if you create a new project using Visual Interdev.
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webwomanCommented:
You don't need to create one. The only use is if you're custom coding ASP pages and know EXACTLY what you're doing. I've got lots of ASP pages, database connections, includes, forms, etc. and I don't have one. Everything works just fine without it.

Sometimes FP will create one if it needs it. If it doesn't make one, you don't need it. ;-)
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KenAdneyCommented:
webwoman is, as alway, correct.  There's some more info about the content/purpose of the file at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/iisref/html/psdk/asp/glob63vp.asp
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goldstarAuthor Commented:
I have a series of pages (all within a virtual directory) that can be accessed only with a userid & password.  

My intent is to store a variable after the user has successfully logged in from the login page.  

I want to check for this variable on all pages witin the virtual directory to prevent access from a bookkmarked page.

Is the global.asa needed for this?

If not, could you give an example of what the "check for status of variable would like?  I've been trying this on the pages:

if session("logged_in") <> "Y" then
     response.redirect "//http:999.9.9.99/login.asp"
end if

and this is on the authentication page:
<%
dim x
x = Request.ServerVariables("HTTP_REFERER")
if x = "http://999.9.9.999/authenticated.asp" then
     session("logged_in") = "Yes"
     'response.write "Session: " + session("logged_in")
else
     session("logged_in") = "No"
     response.redirect "http://158.6.1.76/login.asp"
end if
%>

But the variable does not get passed.  That is why is thought about the asa file.

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webwomanCommented:
Set a cookie... but you have to do it BEFORE you write any HTML content.

You're checking the wrong thing. If you want to check the referring document URL, you can use javascript -- document.referrer does exactly that. If you want to set something for the client, a cookie is easier. You can do a session variable as well, which is basically a cookie stored on the server.

You do that on the first page. On the first and the other pages, you check to see if the cookie exists, and if the login value is 'logged in' (for example). If it does, they're logged in. If it doesn't, they're not. You can then redirect from there.

I'd have to look up the proper syntax, but any good ASP tutorial site should have it. Check www.asp101.com -- they usually have good tutorials.
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goldstarAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the answer to my question.
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