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Posted on 2004-08-16
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Hello, new to .Net. I'm trying to just check for a cookie and use or store information based off whether or not an existing cookie already exists. The problem I'm having is that my application will not recognize an existing cookie, and each time I build to test my app it just creates a new one. Also, I can not find this new cookie anywhere on my machine, especially where I would expect to find cookies. I've checked everywhere.

I've restarted IIS on my machine as well as rebooted just in case something was up there. Can't put my finger on exactly what's happening, although somehow I suspect that the cookie information is only getting set within the application, and not on my local box to see the next time around??

Here is the simple page in question. What I'm doing here is this class represents a component that will be inherited on subsequent pages for easy code reuse defining global variables and session information. I would expect that after I've run and tested this the first time, on the second time around it would tell me that the cookie is not null, and it does not and continues as if it were not there.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Configuration;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Web;

namespace Com.Components
{
      public class BaseCode : System.Web.UI.Page
      {
            override protected void OnInit(EventArgs e)
            {
                  if (Request.Cookies["name"] != null)
                  {
                        Response.Write("cookie is not null");
                  }
                  else
                  {
                        Response.Write("cookie is null");
                        Response.Cookies["name"].Value = "this is my name";
                  }
                  Response.Write("<br>cookie value: " + Request.Cookies["name"].Value);
                  
                  base.OnInit(e);
            }
      }
}


thanks in advance!!



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If you use the same Explorer window and hit "Refresh" it should behave as you expect.  You are creating a session cookie that only lives in the IE session you created it in.  If you do "File->New->Window" the new window will work too.  Once you close those windows, however, the cookie is gone.  If you set the expiration date (Request.Cookies["name"].Expires) to a time in the future, the cookie will show up as a file in the directory where your cookies go (usually Temporary Internet Files).
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There's some sample code at:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cpref/html/frlrfsystemwebhttpcookieclassexpirestopic.asp

that shows how to set the expiration.  It's pretty simple - set expiration for 10 minutes from now:

   DateTime dt = DateTime.Now;
   TimeSpan ts = new TimeSpan(0,0,10,0);
 
   MyCookie.Expires = dt.Add(ts);  // Could replace MyCookie with Response.Cookies["name"]
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Thanks for the quick reply. I was thinking that if there was no expiration set then the cookie was persistant until it was deleted.
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