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Mishka
The dreaded "valid" token expired; white page of death; site is doa
  • 2005/10/12 9:19

  • Mishka

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The story is an old and familiar one: on a dark and stormy night, the previously steady site suffers a white-out. None of the Recovery options for de-bug provide info. Preferences are gone (the only choice is "ok"). Culling through the Forum back to 2003 gives a multitude of "solutions": gzip, sesion-expired, number of users, editing cache in main.php, etc, etc. I checked, repaied, and optimized my dbase. I emptied tables....I tried them all. My site is dead.

Xoops: 2.0.13
SQL 4.0.24
Apache 1.3.33
PHP 4.3.9

I suppose the good news is that I wasn't going live for a few weeks; the bad news is that I have 3 other sites. When will they suffer the same permanent, fatal error. What did my poor little site do to deserve a death sentence?

I'm just an amateur who maintains webs for my church and 3 other local charities. I loved Xoops, now I am scared that I made a bad choice.

Regards,

Debbie

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bluenova
Re: The dreaded "valid" token expired; white page of death; site is doa

Hi Mishka,

Do you have a link to the site?

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Mishka
Re: The dreaded "valid" token expired; white page of death; site is doa
  • 2005/10/12 10:37

  • Mishka

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Yes, I would rather not post it. May I email it?

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bluenova
Re: The dreaded "valid" token expired; white page of death; site is doa

It's very strange that you should get a blank page and no error messages with php-debug turned on. Without any errors it's very hard to see what may have gone wrong. You could check with your hosting whether they have a backup and can restore it for you.

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jdseymour
Re: The dreaded "valid" token expired; white page of death; site is doa

Usually this error is related to custom sessions. See this Thread.

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Mishka
Re: The dreaded "valid" token expired; white page of death; site is doa
  • 2005/10/12 14:08

  • Mishka

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Thank you, jdseymour.
This was actually the first remediation I attempted - to no avail. I was quite serious about reading every related post back to 2003 and attempting all pertinent "fixes". Sadly, nothing helped.
I can re-build the site, but I do wish someone more skilled and knowledgable than I could do due diligence in identifying the root cause(s).
This has happened to several (many?) users...one day "poof" no site, no reason, multiple supposed "fixes". Ah well....enough whining.

Two key questions:
I am rebuilding this site from scratch. Though I have a back-up copy, I have to assume something is fundamentally wrong with it.
Can I/should I port over the data - specifically my FAQ's? If so, how <grin>...
Are there any diagnostic utilities or proactive analytics that I can do to prevent this from happening to my other 3 sites?

Thank you again, I've noticed that you are always very helpful and responsive.

Regards,

Debbie

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Mishka
Re: The dreaded "valid" token expired; white page of death; site is doa
  • 2005/10/12 14:14

  • Mishka

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Yes, strange indeed <sigh>

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