Hi there.

I am creating a social networking website and I am having an issue when posting messages on a users profile. The message posts correctly and displays correctly too but when I refresh the page a duplicate of the last message is submitted. I do not want to prevent the user from submitting more than one message in a single visit but I do need to stop messages from being posted on refresh.

I hope you can help, here is my code below.

<?php // rnmessages.php
include_once 'rnheader.php';

if (!isset($_SESSION['user']))
	die("<br /><br />You need to login to view this page");
$user = $_SESSION['user'];

if (isset($_GET['view'])) $view = sanitizeString($_GET['view']);
else $view = $user;

if (isset($_POST['text']))
	$text = sanitizeString($_POST['text']);

	if ($text != "")
		$pm = substr(sanitizeString($_POST['pm']),0,1);
		$time = time();
		queryMysql("INSERT INTO rnmessages VALUES(NULL,
				   '$user', '$view', '$pm', $time, '$text')");

	echo <<<_END
<form method='post' action='rnmessages.php?view=$view'>
Type here to leave a message:<br />
<textarea name='text' cols='40' rows='3'></textarea><br />
Public<input type='radio' name='pm' value='0' checked='checked' />
Private<input type='radio' name='pm' value='1' />
<input type='submit' value='Submit' name='submit' /></form>
	$query = "SELECT * FROM rnmessages WHERE recip='$view'
			  ORDER BY time DESC";
	$result = queryMysql($query);
	$num = mysql_num_rows($result);
	for ($j = 0 ; $j < $num ; ++$j)
		$row = mysql_fetch_row($result);

		if ($row[3] == 0 ||
		    $row[1] == $user ||
		    $row[2] == $user)
			echo date('M jS \'y g:sa:', $row[4]);
			echo " <a href='rnmessages.php?";
			echo "view=$row[1]'>$row[1]</a> ";

			if ($row[3] == 0)
				echo "wrote: &quot;$row[5]&quot; ";
				echo "whispered: <i><font
				color='#006600'>&quot;$row[5]&quot;</font></i> ";

			if ($row[2] == $user)
				echo "[<a href='rnmessages.php?view=$view";
				echo "&erase=$row[0]'>erase</a>]";
			echo "<br>";

if (!$num) echo "<li>No messages yet</li><br />";

echo "<br><a href='rnmessages.php?view=$view'>Refresh messages</a>";
echo " | <a href='rnfriends.php?view=$view'>View $name2 friends</a>";

Thanks Luke.

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Last Post by itisnot_me

have the form send the data to a different page and then after all the processing, redirect to the form page.


have the form send the data to a different page and then after all the processing, redirect to the form page.

How would I go about doing that, I am pretty new to PHP and most of the stuff I have done so far is through tutorials.



Say your form is on form.php, do this:

<form action="handler.php" method="post">
  ...the html...

Send the form to handler.php. In handler php, you do all the data processing and then return to the same page or a different one with:

header("Location: http://mysite.com/form.php");

You must ensure that nothing is output to the screen or there is any html before the header(), otherwise you'll get a 'headers already sent' error.

Obviously, an error checking / validation system is req'd. You can pass error codes back to the form.php via querystring:

header("Location: http://mysite.com/form.php$err");

Where $err is the passed errorcode (e.g. $err = "?err=" . $errorcode), if there is one.

Sometimes I set errorcodes as constants, so you can add them up and extract the info without too much hassle. Your original form can have something like:

<input ... /><?php if(isset($_GET['err']) && (4 & $_GET['err'] != 0))echo " <span>Bad Email Dude</span>";?>

This assumes 4 = bad email bit.


on another note you could use javascipt to do the same thing

echo '<script>setTimeout("window.location.replace(\'edit.php\')",3000);</script>';
//3000 is 3 seconds
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