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Cookies Array

 5:37 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm just testing out the cookie function to set/retrieve a cookie array. Somehow the number of elements in the array will only go to 20 and no more. The script below will set a cookie array, and incrementing the position at every refresh. So at every refresh, it'll print array[1] = 1, array[2] = 2 ...and so on. Does anyone know why it stops at about 20 elements? Any input would be appreciated. thanks.


//retrieving and assigning cookie
$cart = $_COOKIE['cart'];

//if cookie is empty
if (empty($cart) !isset($cart)) { setcookie("cart[i]", 1); $cart = $_COOKIE["cart"]; }

$max = $cart[1];

//finds last position of cookie array
for ($i = 1; $i <= sizeof($cart); $i++)
if ($cart[$i] > $max) { $max = $cart[$i];}

//increment array position

//attempts to set cookie (success)
if(setcookie("cart[$max]", $max)){
echo "Cookie set!<br>\n";
//failed to set cookie
else{ echo "Failed to set cookie <br>\n"; }

//prints all elements of cookie (array) cart
for ($j = 1; $j <= sizeof($cart); $j++){
$temp = $cart[$j];
echo "\$cart[$j] : $temp <br>\n";






 1:11 am on Jan 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

you could try using serialize [php.net] on your array before you pop it into the cookie to see if that allows it to be larger


 8:28 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

You might be running into restrictions on the number of cookies a user agent will accept. I believe for IE the number is about 20. Firefox accepts about 50 cookies. It is generally better to store the cart content on the server.


 1:43 pm on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Welcome back andreasfriedrich


 7:08 pm on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)


Wow, haven't seen that username for a while. Yes, welcome back.


 8:44 pm on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

I feel some new "Bag o'tricks" coming up!
Glad to see you around


 3:49 am on Jan 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys. These are quite some expectations you have there ;)


 6:15 pm on Jan 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

ahh ok that makes more sense. thanks


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