Proper way to do session handling in Python + Pylons for a php programmer

I'm a php programmer who's just getting started with Python. I'm trying to get Python to handle login/logout via database-stored sessions. Things work, but seem inconsistent. For example, sometimes a user isn't logged out. Sometimes users "switch" logins. I'm guessing this has something to do with thread-safety, but I'm just not sure where to begin on how to fix this. Any help would be appreciated. Here's what I have now:


def authenticate():
#Confirm login
     if user['authenticated'] != True:
         redirect_to(controller='login', action='index')
 except KeyError:
     redirect_to(controller='login', action='index')

#Global variables
user = {}
connection = {}

class BaseController(WSGIController):

#Read if there is a cookie set
         session = request.cookies['session']

         #Create a session object from the session id
         session_logged_in = Session(session)

         #If the session is valid, retrieve the user info
         if session_logged_in.isValid(remote_addr):

             #Set global variables about the logged in user
             user_logged_in = User(session_logged_in.user_id)
             user['name'] = =
             user['name_url'] = c.name_url = user_logged_in.name_url
             user['first_name'] = c.first_name = user_logged_in.first_name
             user['last_name'] = c.last_name = user_logged_in.last_name
             user['email'] = =
             user['about'] = c.about = user_logged_in.about
             user['authenticated'] = c.authenticated = True
             user['profile_url'] = c.profile_url = user_logged_in.profile_url 
             user['user_thumb'] = c.user_thumb = user_logged_in.user_thumb
             user['image_id'] = c.image_id = user_logged_in.image_id
             user['id'] = c.user_id =

             #Update the session
             session_logged_in.current_uri = requested_url

     #If no session has been set, do nothing
     except KeyError:
         user['authenticated'] = False

I can then access the user{} global from my controllers:

from project.lib.base import BaseController, user
class ProfileController(BaseController):

    def index(self, id=None, name_url=None):

        #If this is you
         if user['id'] == 1
             print 'this is you'

Is there a better way to do this? Thanks for your help.

Asked by: Anna772 | Posted: 06-12-2021

Answer 1

Pylons has a 'sessions' object that exists to handle this kind of situation. The example on the Pylons website seems to match what you want.

I think you are seeing problems because of the globals 'user' and 'connection'. Pylons has a globals object that is designed to share information between all controllers and is not reset on each request.

Answered by: Steven671 | Posted: 07-01-2022

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