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Hello list,
I have two embperl Pages, which both alter %udat.
The changes in %udat are only reflected by the page that does the update
when i change/insert hashes to udat. I didn't find anything in the
archive about this.

These are the pages:

page1.ep:
<html>
[*
$udat{'lists'}->{'list1'}->{'key1'} = $fdat{'in'};
print Data:::Dumper::Dumper ( \%udat );
*]
</html>

page2.ep:
<html>
[*
$udat{'lists'}->{'list1'}->{'key2'} = $fdat{'in'};
print Data:::Dumper::Dumper ( \%udat );
*]
</html>

If I first call page1.ep?in=something it prints as expected:
"$VAR1 = {
'lists' => { 'list1' => { 'key1' => 'something' }}

If I then call page2?in=someotherthing it prints:
"$VAR1 = {
'lists' => { 'list1' => { 'key2' => 'someotherthing' }}

so key2 is missing in this %udat.

Repeatedly changing the values is reflected in the respective pages but
they never see the values from the other page.

I found a workaround in changing something in the first Level of %udat.
If I add a $udat{'ptime'} = time() in the pages, than they both see the
other values too. So they both print:

"$VAR1 = {
'lists' => {
'list1' => { 'key1' => 'something',
'key2' => 'someotherthing' }
}
}

Am I missing something
Is this a bug?

regards
frank



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  • Andrew O'Brien at Apr 19, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Frank Wesemann
    Sent: Thursday, 20 April 2006 8:03 AM
    Subject: Hashes in %udat [snip]
    Repeatedly changing the values is reflected in the respective
    pages but
    they never see the values from the other page.

    I found a workaround in changing something in the first Level
    of %udat.
    If I add a $udat{'ptime'} = time() in the pages, than they
    both see the
    other values too. So they both print:

    "$VAR1 = {
    'lists' => {
    'list1' => { 'key1' => 'something',
    'key2' => 'someotherthing' }
    }
    }

    Am I missing something
    Is this a bug?
    No - its expected behaviour when you know why to expect it :) This is
    something that really should
    be documented explicitly in the Embperl docs as it catches a few people!

    Gerald, any chance of getting a quick sentence to that effect in the
    %udat description?
    (http://perl.apache.org/embperl/pod/doc/Embperl.-page-5-.htm#sect_15)


    Think of it this way: If you do $hash{key1}{key2}++ are you updating any
    element of %hash? No, you are updating the hash pointed to by the
    reference in $hash{key1}. The reference is still the same so a shallow
    check of %hash means no changes are detected.

    The most common fix is, as you've already done, to update a timestamp or
    simply increment a top-level counter or similar.

    %udat is essentially a tied hash via Apache::Session. From the Apache
    session docs
    (http://search.cpan.org/~cwest/Apache-Session-1.80/Session.pm#BEHAVIOR):

    ...
    Note that Apache::Session does only a shallow check to see if anything
    has changed. If nothing changes in the top level tied hash, the data
    will not be updated in the backing store. You are encouraged to
    timestamp the session hash so that it is sure to be updated.
    ...

    Hope that explains what you've experienced.



    Cheers,

    Andrew

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