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Firefox caches the redirect requests

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Hi All,

Issue: Firefox caches the redirect requests

Goal: when a visitor visits toronto.beta.miniads.ca this location is saved in a cookie.
if the visitor accesses beta.miniads.ca and the cookie is there redirect where the cookie is pointing i.e. toronto.beta.miniads.ca.

For some reasons Firefox 11.x is caching the redirect requests?!?

any ideas how to stop it?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I'm sorry but that didn't make any sense.  What do cookies have to do with redirects?
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by:Ray Paseur
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You mean that the cookie contains information like a URL?  Can you please post the code you're using for this?  Most ad companies use a similar set of redirects to put and sense cookies on the client browser, and I've never seen a problem.  I use FF11 all the time and my ad networks are just fine.  In fact, I just used http://toronto.beta.miniads.ca/ and watched it work.  It looks correct to me.
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Here are the screen shots showing the cookies.Cookies named beta...No cookies named like toronto...
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by:svetoslavm
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Hi, Thanks for the quick reply.

The cookie name is last_host. The cookies are used to track the last visited subdomain so when the main domain is visited i.e. beta.miniads.ca it will check the cookie and redirect to that subdomain.

Can you try these links?

http://niagarafalls.beta.miniads.ca/
http://toronto.beta.miniads.ca/

then go visit

http://beta.miniads.ca it is supposed to redirect to the last visited subdomain in this example should be Toronto.
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It is working as you have described in Firefox 11 on my computer.  Redirects to the last subsite visited.
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by:Ray Paseur
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Yep, works for me, too.
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Well, this is interesting.  Apparently the script cannot tell which cities are valid.Any subdomain is OK?
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by:svetoslavm
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Ray, the script will always put the correct hostname.
yes, all subdomains are ok.

check this video I made.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3563682/miniads-redirect-caching/miniads-redirect-caching.html
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You must have different code when you are logged in because the dropdowns don't work in the pages you are showing us.  Are you saving the subsite info in a database or session also?
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by:Ray Paseur
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... all subdomains are ok.
Even the one I tried?!
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by:svetoslavm
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Ray, good catch.... fixed. Now I saw the *content* of the cookie.

Dave, which dropdowns ? Any screenshots ?
What difference does it make if the user is logged in or not ?

Thanks all for helping me troubleshoot this.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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In your video, you were clicking in what I thought was a dropdown box to get the other sub-sites.  Or was that just Firefox auto-suggesting previous entries?  I just tried again and your auto-suggest for the city box is acting a little odd.  Most people would expect that it appear in alphabetical order with the letter that is typed.  But when I type an 'r', I get listing that start with everything but 'r'.

Anyway, I can't get Firefox 11 to work the way you showed in your video.  It works the way you said it is supposed to.
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by:svetoslavm
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Dave, the autosuggest feature searches for a match not just starting with ... "some text"
I using firefox 11 too. So strange.
are you on Windows 7 too?
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No, I'm on XP but Ray is probably on Windows 7.  Auto-suggest everywhere else like Google returns text that starts with the text typed in.
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Hi Dave, yep make sense. I will update it.
If it all works then I should close this question then
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Thanks :)
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