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Posted on 2003-11-27
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Hello all,

I am in a catch-22 because my first problem was that my page was not updating and always display out dated infomation.  I correct my problem by placing

ob_start();
header("Cache-control: no-cache, must-revalidate");  
header("Expires: Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT"); # Past date
header("Pragma: no-cache");

at the beginning of every page.  Now my problem now is that when I use the back button to return to the previous page, it always display an expired page and I am force to use the refresh button.  Is there any way to get around this?  I don't have this problem using ASP, but php has been giving me problems all the while.  It's too late for me to convert to ASP and I really love php.  I hope it is because I am doing something wrong.

Thanks

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Question by:dtyson69
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It doesn't matter whether you are using ASP or PHP. It's an HTTP trouble. You should check out ASP headers (with an http request/response tracking tool) and craft them using PHP.

Anyway I think your solution might be:
header("Last-Modified: " . gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s") . " GMT");
and drop all other headers.
Also try:
header("Cache-control: must-revalidate");  

should solve the "page expired" problem
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Thanks ThG,

I've change all the header and it seems to work with the exception of a couple of pages.  I don't understand it because the only difference is that it is a little more database activity on those particular pages.  I've just run all out of ideas.  But for the most part, everything works great.
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make sure you are not using sessions on those pages. sessions completely revamp the cache settings, so they make those headear()s useless.
see session_cache_delimiter() function
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Well, does that mean that I have to change my whole design logic?  All my code is session based.
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No, using sessions is ok, but just keep in mind that thing. also you can change those settings with session_cache_limiter to best fit your needs. that's all.
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