I'd have to say that I haven't done any controlled tests, but mysql can be very slow when you are doing a lot of connections (correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it executes requests in order?).
To be untechnical about it and only speak from experience (if I was a typical internet user, I'd think that because it does it for me, it must do it for everyone! :) ), I personally have never found sessions to be slow getting a lot of data, where as I have found it slow with mysql... probably also depends greatly on your server load. I'd imagine that you would see a massive difference on a server that is under load. Bob >Which is generally faster/better, doing a SELECT or doing session_start()? >Rephrased, are sessions significantly faster/lighter than using MySQL? >I'd imagine they are, since they won't need to do a connection or anything, >but I am not familiar with how sessions scale. Best Regards Bob Irwin Server Admin & Web Programmer Planet Netcom -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php