How do I pass and get a session in PHP?

I am trying to create a session on one page and then get them on another...but I'm getting this error:

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at public_html/order/thanks.php:2) in public_html/order/thanks.php on line 3

here is the code for creating the sessions:

$email = $_POST["element_6"];
$dollar = $_POST["element_13_1"];
$cents = $_POST["element_13_2"];
$item = $_POST["element_7"];



here is the thanks.php page:



mail("".$email."", "Order", "Thank you for your order!\n".$email."\nPaid: $".$dollar.".".$cents."\n".$item."\n");
mail("", "New Hosted Order", "".$email."\nPaid: $".$dollar.".".$cents."\n".$item."\n");


I'm sure I'm doing alot wrong. For one thing the emails are empty. :)

Any help is appreciated.
Donnie WalkerAsked:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
session_start(); must be at the top of Every Single page in the session.  It doesn't just 'start' the session, it renews it and identifies the $_SESSION variables.  If you try to set $_SESSION variables before starting the session, they don't go anywhere.

Also, session_start(); like header() and cookies must be before anything on the page is sent to the browser including any white space.  A single space before the opening <?php tag will cause an error.

Sessions are not terribly difficult but they are not what most people seem to think they are.  And they are not as simple as people think they are.  Their primary purpose is to identify $_SESSION data.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
And on thanks.php, you have to reverse the order of variable assignment to get the data from the $_SESSION variables to the 'regular' variables.

$email = $_SESSION["email"];
$dollar = $_SESSION["dollar"];
$cents = $_SESSION["cents"];
$item = $_SESSION["item"];

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Donnie WalkerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dave!
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You're welcome, glad to help.
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