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From "Max Cooper" <>
Subject Re: Session management
Date Tue, 22 Jul 2003 11:21:34 GMT

Authentication and session creation are mostly independent -- you can have a
user with a session that has not been authenticated. I think a user will
always have a session once they have been authenticated, however.

I am not sure I understand quite what you are asking, but you can certainly
have simple JSP/HTML pages that don't have an action in front of them. For
instance, if you had a /sitemap.jsp page, you can link to it directly or use
a global forward (preferably with redrect="true" so the displayed page
content matches the URL in the address bar) to access it. If that page
requires a session, that is no problem even if the user is not
authenticated. If the page has features (like a "Good Morning, joeuser"
greeting), you must be prepared for the possibility that the user won't be
authenticated yet, and request.getRemoteUser() will return null. If you use
a security-constraint to require that the user authenticate themselves
before seeing a given page, you can assume that request.getRemoteUser() will
return a username since the user must be authenticated to view the page in
the first place.

Hope that helps,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jason Meredith" <>
To: "Struts Users Mailing List" <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 1:29 AM
Subject: Session management

> Chaps
> I am sure this question has been asked before, if it has please point me
> the right direction (URL - example)
> A user log's into a web site, once the user has been authenticated, a
> session is created , there are many different actions that a user can
> perform, and it is easy to check if a session exists or has expired within
> each action. If the session times out, then a user is redirected back to
> the login page. No problem.
> What do I do for those pages that do not have actions, pages that have
> global forwards for example (org.apache.struts.actions.ForwardAction),
> things like legal pages, site maps, and so on? I don't want to create an
> action just to display a simple JSP/HTML page, that's why I used a
> Regards
> Jason Meredith
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