PHP session side-effect warning - how to get solve?


I'm fairly new to php, and am sure this is easy, but I'd like to do it the right way. I have this script:

if ($_POST["username"]=="") {
    include($_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] ."/");
} else { 
    if ($username=="bob" AND $password=="123"){ $permission="yes";}

    if ($permission=="yes"){
        // Show stuff

Excuse the funky formatting of my code - can't seem to get it to show properly.

So, I keep getting this error:

Warning: Unknown: Your script possibly relies on a session side-effect which existed until PHP 4.2.3. Please be advised that the session extension does not consider global variables as a source of data, unless register_globals is enabled. You can disable this functionality and this warning by setting session.bug_compat_42 or session.bug_compat_warn to off, respectively in Unknown on line 0

Which I'm assuming means I need to change one of my variable names so it doesn't conflict with the session variable right? That's what I read, but I'm not sure which one to change.

Can anyone help / show me please?






It is happening because of


It is not recommended, and deprecated as of PHP 5.3.

If you want your script to work regardless of register_globals, you need to instead use the $_SESSION array as $_SESSION entries are automatically registered. If your script uses session_register(), it will not work in environments where the PHP directive register_globals is disabled.


As we all know,register_globals is terrible, and should always be off.

The most common way to register a session var is with the$_SESSION superglobal, i.e.

$_SESSION['username'] = $username;



You better start on getting rid of deprecated functions such as session_register().

Use the $_SESSION array, e.g.

$_SESSION['username'] = $_POST['username'];

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