Expiring of Sessions in ASP.NET

Posted on 2004-10-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
In ASP.NET after having set the Session timeout to 20 minutes, if the users close the browser window without logging out , is there a way to identify such clients from the Server without having to wait for 20 minutes and expiring those sessions?
Question by:ravisankar1978

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etmendz earned 100 total points
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The web is stateless. And because of that, the feature you want is not possible. Have fun...

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AmanBrar earned 100 total points
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There is no way to do that from a server.
Maybe u can do that in the application's unload function.
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COBOLdinosaur earned 100 total points
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The only way to do it is with client side code.  You can use a hidden frame or iframe with a function that sends accross a refresh request on a regular basis; say every minute of 30 seconds.  When the refresh messages quit coming th user has move off with out logging off and you can expire the session.

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mikelima earned 100 total points
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When drawing a page, pass a variable to it: if it is a form, include dynamically a hidden field called, for example, time, containing the hour when the page was dynamically drawn. If the page is not a form, pass a variable to it on the url (something like page.asp?time=1005.

At the beginning of all pages you want to expire, put a routine to verify the time on that variable with the time on server and expire it when desired.

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poopall earned 100 total points
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Why dont you reduce the sesson time out to say 5 minutes, if they are using the site then the session will remain valid, if they stop using it they will have to login in again.


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ID: 12336451
Another way would be for you to set up some client side javascript that acts like a hearbeat if the page is still loaded into the browser window, if the hear beat stops for that user, expire their login

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