Sessions seems to be the popular way to go.  It's stored at the server, so
you don't have to worry about any clients disabling cookie support.

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Towell" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'WG4- Cook, Janet'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; "PHP db list"
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 4:06 PM
Subject: [PHP-DB] RE: [PHP] Help needed - need to access a value from DB
into all pages

: I can think of three ways you could do this.
: 1. as a cookie
: 2. using sessions
: 3. put it in every link
: Martin
: -----Original Message-----
: From: WG4- Cook, Janet [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
: Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 10:59 AM
: To: PHP db list; PHP List
: Subject: [PHP] Help needed - need to access a value from DB into all
: pages
: Hi there,
: I am struggling with a concept and can't seem to find a way to do it so
: hoping you all can help.
: We want to use PHP with MySql Db.
: For security reasons on the DB, it is to be accessed only through this
: end i.e. via the internal web
: Each user will have a number of levels of access to various parts of the
: system, so the obvious design is one where there is only 1 real login to
: MySQL db (i.e. the system will auto log everyone in as this without them
: knowing it), and then the user is validated against a table in my DB which
: holds the access rights. I can get through the login OK, and get my table
: return "USERID" for this person. Now I need that "USERID" available to ALL
: other pages so I can use it to determine what parts of screens to show,
: what to allow them to do.
: My question is how do I make this variable available to all pages??  Do I
: have to include it with the variables passed to each page or is there a
: simpler way of doing it.  Can I put the variable in an include file and
: include it in every page - will that work?.
: Surely someone must have had a similar situation before and can tell me
: they solved it.
: Many thanks
: Janet
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