[development] Force admin login

Tomáš Fülöpp (vacilando.org) tomi at vacilando.org
Wed Feb 24 12:29:47 UTC 2010


Thanks for the quick comments. Quick replies:

   - It may be a cookie problem, but only in ways I am not understanding. It
   is not the case of blocked cookies in browser. After all, many other Drupal
   sites, same version, work.
   - User table record 0 (anon) is intact, so is record 1 (admin).
   - Setting cookie domain with www - tried, but no effect. After all, it's
   been working for more than a year without www.
   - Corrupt session table? I don't think so -- as I said, I truncated it.
   Also ran analysis and repair on it, and on all other tables as well, in

Now, there is *some* progress. I have set the site to maintenance mode by
setting the "site_offline" variable.
SURPRISE - I am not being kicked out of the session! Tried all sorts of
things - access rebuild, cache clearing, switching off all but bare
necessary modules, opening and saving permissions page and the admin user
account, etc., logical and illogical things.

Still, however, when I set the site out of the maintenance mode, it kicks me
out of the session on second or third click. Sometimes more clicks. I think
I went up to 5.

I wonder why should it work in maintenance mode but not without it? Cookies
seem to be OK, right? Session table as well. It must be something else.. but
*This is the crucial question*: What is special about the maintenance mode
that could be causing this difference? This should narrow down the possible

Thanks for any further ideas...


PS Btw, I've also installed the dev version of D6 (because of the menu
router problem, which I was experiencing in D6.15 and I suspected that could
be a problem), but it did not help.

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 04:31, Don <donald at fane.com> wrote:

>  I've seen a corrupt sessions MySQL table cause problems too.
> -Don-
> On 2/23/2010 9:57 PM, Randy Fay wrote:
> Since this *really* sounds just like the "cookies not enabled in browser"
> situation, I just wanted to mention something I'm sure you already tried,
> which is accessing it from a different browser or computer.
> It's trivial to make all drupal logins stop working: You just turn off
> cookies in the browser, and it works just like you're describing.
> -Randy
> On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 5:30 PM, larry at garfieldtech.com <
> larry at garfieldtech.com> wrote:
>> You can always edit the database directly.
>> It sounds like a cookie problem, though.  Try setting the cookie domain
>> explicitly in your settings.php file to just example.com (not
>> www.example.com, or whatever).
>> Also, check to make sure that uid 0 is still intact in the database.
>> That's another common source of weirdness, in my experience.
>> --Larry Garfield
>> Tomáš Fülöpp (vacilando.org) wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Is there a backdoor way to force admin login if everything fails?
>>> Something like the way $update_free_access is changed to TRUE to allow
>>> running update.php....?
>>> A client got locked out of D6.15 completely, including admin. Login seems
>>> to work (I see admin only links on logon), cookies are set, but only on the
>>> initial page.... any subsequent click is treated as done by an anonymous
>>> user (checked the watchdog this way). I've cleared all browser caches,
>>> Drupal caches via the db, also the Drupal sessions table, checked the cookie
>>> domain, the admin user record exists in the user table, etc. in
>>> settings.php, deleted and re-uploaded D6.15. Nothing in the php logs.
>>> Nothing unusual in watchdog - just access denied by anonymous... Spent an
>>> equivalent of a day on this but I know there is a ton of things I can still
>>> try - e.g. rebuild access rights. But I do need to log in first, only by
>>> myself. So... is there a way to force admin login? Cannot find this info
>>> anywhere.
>>> Thanks!
>>> Tomáš
> --
> Randy Fay
> Drupal Development, troubleshooting, and debugging
> randy at randyfay.com
> +1  970.462.7450
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