session timing out prematurely?

Posted on 2004-08-04
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I'm sending a link in an email that has a session id embedded in it to allow a download for a set period of time. Now the link seems to work fine for the first five minutes but after that I get the following error
"Object reference not set to an instance of an object"

Programtically I'm setting the Session to a full day as follows
Session.Timeout = 1440;

but the web.config file is as follows:

So the questions are does the web.config's timeout override the programmatic timeout of 1440. If so, the link is going bad after 5 minutes not 20? What could be the problem?
Question by:dotnet22
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Expert Comment

ID: 11716371
You need to set the app script timeout for the particular virtual directory you're using.

In the Properties pages for any Web site or Web virtual directory

Click the Home Directory or Virtual Directory tab.
Under Application Settings, click Configuration. An application must be created for the button to be active.
Click the Options tab.
Type the length of time (in seconds) for an ASP script to time out in the ASP Script timeout box.
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Expert Comment

ID: 11716397

Not app script timeout.  It's asp script timeout.
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Expert Comment

ID: 11716456
TimeOut in web.config is what IIS follows. Default is 20. It is definitely overriding what you coded...
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Author Comment

ID: 11716508

If this is the case, it still times out before the 20 minutes. So what I'm wondering is what event is raised when all session variables are disposed of? What event would this be in the Global.asax file. I could send out an email to myself when this event is raised but how would I know what caused this restart? Basically the source of the restart?
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Author Comment

ID: 11717792
I think I found the cause of the premature case: I was uploading a new application which causes everything to be reset. Duh. But then another question is if
Sesstion.Timeout is overridden by the timeout value in the web.config file, then what is the point of the Session.Timeout value? If I set the web.config file timeout to 30 minutes and set the Session.Timeout=10 minutes, then which one will be the valid one? The 10 minutes or 30 minutes?
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Accepted Solution

DotNetLover_Baan earned 500 total points
ID: 11717967
well.. you got it wrong... what I meant is... It shouldn't override the value you specify in the code. But in your case it was doing so. If the application is restarted IIS will go by the TimeOut value in the web.config.

>>If I set the web.config file timeout to 30 minutes and set the Session.Timeout=10 minutes, then which one will be the valid one? The 10 minutes or 30 minutes?<<

the answer is 10 mins... as long as there is no change/restart in the application.

Author Comment

ID: 11718089
I thought it was because I was uploading a new application. but this doesn't seem to be the case because I haven't done so but the link has gone bad anyway. Is there something in the Global.asax events that is triggered when all sessions or restarts are triggered. I could basically email myself a message and possibly try to find the source of the restart?

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