Cookie problem August 8, 2002 5:06 PM   Subscribe

I'm getting big giant "Element USER_NAME is undefined in COOKIE" messages instead of a front page on MetaFilter in Mozilla 1.1b for Windows. IE seems fine. I get the header, then a big gray error box with a stack trace and stuff. MetaTalk appears fine, and I can look at individual MeFi threads and archives and such. It also appears to come and go; I was able to get a front page earlier today, but now I can't. Happens when logged in, when not logged in. Been happening for a couple of days. Any other Mozilla users seeing this?
posted by dan_of_brainlog to Bugs at 5:06 PM (7 comments total)

Element USER_NAME is undefined in COOKIE.
The Error Occurred in C:\metafilter sites\www.metafilter.com\index.mefi: line 238

236 :
237 :
238 : #usercount.recordcount# members | You are logged in as: #cookie.user_name# / logout

239 :
240 : There have been no links


posted by dan_of_brainlog at 5:07 PM on August 8, 2002


(Oop, pardon me, that error message quote contains cf code in angle brackets. View source to see.)
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 5:09 PM on August 8, 2002


try erasing all cookies related to the site and logging in again (apologies if you've already done this; i received the advice here once and it fixed my problem)
posted by andrew cooke at 5:20 PM on August 8, 2002


It happened to me yesterday. I backspace/deleted my MeTa comment, went elsewhere on the 'net, came back and tried again and it worked correctly. Using Moz 1.0
posted by Lynsey at 5:21 PM on August 8, 2002


Mozilla 1.1b on Win2k has been behaving impeccably for me. I've noticed a definite increase in crashes and freezes since the 1.0 release though.
posted by zygoticmynci at 5:27 PM on August 8, 2002


go to http://www.metafilter.com/index.mefi?delcookie=yes in your browser to stop the problem.

I use moz 1.1b as my primary browser on both platforms, and this week I was getting this error in IE6 for windows actually.

I have no idea why one single cookie variable would suddenly be vaporized (there's a check for user id right before that, that works fine).

In the meantime, I'll setup a site-wide error handler to present people with the proper link to delete their cookie.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:40 PM on August 8, 2002


It happened to me the first day the new server ran. I just deleted the cookie through the handy cookie management interface in Mozilla 1.1.b. No problems since then.
posted by skallas at 6:32 PM on August 8, 2002


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