Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Re: Django Login/Session Not Sticking

Hello all,

I'm not sure if you  discovered the problem, but if you have different types of authentication backends, maybe the problem is on the session objects. Did you do a delete?.
See the NOTE in this chapter:

Hope it helps

El dimecres 4 de juny de 2014 6:55:38 UTC-5, Juergen Schackmann va escriure:
Hi all, 
this question refers to this previous question:!topic/django-users/8IXEvfU72S4. However, it seems like the problem is slightly different, I decided to open a new question:

After my site has been up and running for a while in production, I suddenly have a problem with my users loging into it.

  1. I have protected certain views/pages with the login_required decorator and I am also using the django admin.
  2. When an anonymous user hits any of these pages, he is redirected to the login page.
  3. When this anonymous user adds its credentials, the POST request is successful and he is redirected to the inital page. At the same time, the user gets a new sessionid (as expected)
  4. However, now the results get very unreliable. When pressing reload or when navigating to other pages (that require a login), either of the 2 outcomes might happen:
  • a) The user is identified and the page is displayed correctly
  • b) The user is redirect to the login page.

I have checked the content of the session via the shell, and nothing is changing there.

The production site is served via a load balancer and 8 application servers. Even stranger: if I test the same code (with the same settings) on a test server, that is not load balanced and basically has not traffic, everything is working fine.

I am running Django 1.6 on Ubuntu with Apache and mod_wsgi in daemon mode behind SSL and I am using the Session database backend. I am using django-allauth.account for account management/login. My Session settings are like this:


So I have the following questions/ideas?

1. Can this be related to loadbalancing in anyway? My understanding was that Django does not need sticky sessions, when the DB session backend is used.

2. Can this be related to a threading issue?

3. Can this be related to high load?

4. Can this be related to a decoding issue: However, I have not found any log entries that refer to "Session data corrupted".

Any other hints are welcome.

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