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What is the best way to maintain state in a CGI script?

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Contributed by Anonymous Monk on Sep 28, 2000 at 03:13 UTC
Q&A  > CGI programming


I was curious as to what method people use to maintain session information in CGI scripts. When a user goes from page to page on my site, each page is processed by a cgi script. What is the best way to maintain state and login information? Should I create a file that contains a random key along with the user login and use that to carry state information? Or should I add a row to a database table for each user in maintaining state? In other words, is database access or file access going to be faster?


Answer: What is the best way to maintain state in a CGI script?
contributed by merlyn

See Adding "state" to HTTP.

Answer: What is the best way to maintain state in a CGI script?
contributed by Russ

For more info, see the Categorized Question How can I authenticate HTTP sessions?.

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