session_start() HANGS

Hello -

I have a very simple test page that works fine:


All works as expected until I uncomment the line:

When this line is uncommented the browser hangs for a while, then the browser status reports "Done.", but the file is empty - nothing.

When I step through the file in my PHP debugger, I find that the line session_start() never returns.

I am running with Apache + PHP 5.3

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Make sure that <?php is the very fist line of your file and there are no lines above.


<?php session_start(); ?>

<?php session_start(); ?>

Hope that helps.
daniel347xAuthor Commented:
Found the problem.

A php.ini setting must be changed:
session.save_handler = user
 must be changed to
session.save_handler = files

I've spent hours hunting for a solution and I'm almost amazed that there's not more documentation or discussion about this on the internet, as XAMPP sets the value to "user" by default, so *anybody* running their servers through XAMPP on Windows and attempting to create a session will see it fail.  (Unless they have set up their user session handler, which requires extra steps.)


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