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Nate Wiger

Rails 2.3 does not obey config.action_controller.session_store

Reported by Nate Wiger | February 18th, 2009 @ 12:08 AM

Rails 2.3 (edge) does not obey config.action_controller.session_store. If you set:

config.action_controller.session_store = :sql_session_store

Rails does not use the session class. Debug output that I placed in:


Claims that it is loading the class, and this code appears to be referenced:

  def session_store=(store)
    if store == :active_record_store
      self.session_store = ActiveRecord::SessionStore
      @@session_store = store.is_a?(Symbol) ?
        Session.const_get(store.to_s.camelize) :
      puts "DEBUG: session_store=#{@@session_store}"  # prints "SqlSessionStore"

However, the session store is NOT actually used.

The only way to get Rails to use the session store is by adding this line to config/environments/development.rb

config.middleware.use SqlSessionStore

(Per a hint from Josh Peek). Note that this does not work either:

# config/initializers/session_store.rb
ActionController::Base.session_store = :sql_session_store

In both cases, the setting appears to be ignored somewhere later in Rails.

A Rails 2.3-compatible version of SqlSessionStore is available here for testing: git://

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • josh

    josh February 18th, 2009 @ 12:10 AM

    • Milestone cleared.
    • State changed from “new” to “open”
  • Repository

    Repository February 20th, 2009 @ 03:21 AM

    • State changed from “open” to “resolved”

    (from [9702636a08e50e9fed9bf76ad620a6a0a109009e]) Lazy evaluate ActionController session store middleware class to pickup custom plugin session stores [#2001 state:resolved]

  • Thibaud Guillaume-Gentil

    Thibaud Guillaume-Gentil February 20th, 2009 @ 07:39 AM

    I can't launch script/server anymore in a default rails app with edge

    /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/session/cookie_store.rb:163:in `ensure_session_key': A key is required to write a cookie containing the session data. Use config.action_controller.session = { :key => "_myapp_session", :secret => "some secret phrase" } in config/environment.rb (ArgumentError)
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/session/cookie_store.rb:74:in `initialize'
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/middleware_stack.rb:72:in `new'
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/middleware_stack.rb:72:in `build'
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/middleware_stack.rb:110:in `build'
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/activesupport/lib/active_support/inflector.rb:359:in `inject'
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/middleware_stack.rb:110:in `each'
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/middleware_stack.rb:110:in `inject'
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/middleware_stack.rb:110:in `build'
    	 ... 12 levels...
    	from /Users/Thibaud/Desktop/test2/vendor/rails/railties/lib/commands/server.rb:84
    	from /Library/Ruby/Site/1.8/rubygems/custom_require.rb:31:in `gem_original_require'
    	from /Library/Ruby/Site/1.8/rubygems/custom_require.rb:31:in `require'
    	from ./script/server:3
  • Eloy Duran

    Eloy Duran February 20th, 2009 @ 09:16 AM

    Same problem as Thibaud overhere.

    I haven't had the time to investigate, no time so had to revert, but at least it seems there wasn't and isn't enough test coverage for this area, because the tests still run fine.

  • Flurin

    Flurin February 20th, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

    We've encountered the same problem here. Josh tried to fix the problem by letting the MiddlewareStack decide wether or not to load the SessionStore based on wether or not it's available.

    It seems however that because of a default SessionStore (CookieStore) it tries to load that but it hasn't any options set yet. (Because the middlewarestack is initialized before any rails initializers are run).

  • josh

    josh February 20th, 2009 @ 04:24 PM

    • State changed from “resolved” to “open”
  • Sven Fuchs

    Sven Fuchs February 20th, 2009 @ 04:25 PM

    • State changed from “open” to “resolved”

    I've created a new ticket for this and added a patch: #2028

  • josh

    josh February 20th, 2009 @ 04:27 PM

    • State changed from “resolved” to “open”
  • josh

    josh February 20th, 2009 @ 04:51 PM

    • State changed from “open” to “resolved”

    Resolved #2028

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