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Use any database that databank supports as a session store


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What's it do?

The databank package lets you use several different kinds of databases - Mongo, Redis, CouchBase, memory, disk - with a uniform API -- basically CRUD + search.

This module will let you use any of those databases as a session session backend.

I think it's particularly useful if you're distributing software and you don't want to make your users depend on some particular session backend.

How to use it

Try something like this.

var express = require("express"),
    cookieParser = require("cookie-parser"),
    session = require("express-session"),
    Logger = require("bunyan"),
    Databank = require("databank").Databank,
    DatabankStore = require("connect-databank")(session),

// Example params. See databank for details.

driver = "disk";
params = {dir: "/var/lib/databank/session"};

// Get a bank and session...

db = Databank.get(driver, params);

db.session({}, function(err) {

    var store, app, log;

// Use bunyan for logging

log = new Logger({name: "myapp"});

// cleanup session store every 5 minutes

store = new DatabankStore(db, log, 600000);

app = expess();
app.use(session.session({secret: "my dog has fleas", store: store, cookie: {maxAge: 180000}}));


The DatabankStore will store stuff into the session type ("table") in your databank, keyed by session ID.

It will log out to the logger; you can omit that parameter if you don't want session logs.

External API

  • new DatabankStore(bank, log, cleanup)

    Create a new databank store. bank is a Databank object. log is a bunyan Logger object; if it's passed the store will log session info to that log. cleanup is a session GC interval in milliseconds; if it's not falsy the store will garbage-collect old unused sessions this often.

    You pass the DatabankStore to session() as the store parameter. See the express session middleware documentation for more details.

Store interface

This is the interface that session requires of us. You can fiddle with it if you want, but watch your fingers. The store will be available as req.sessionStore in your routes.

  • get(sid, callback)

    Get an existing session with id sid; return it to the callback. callback gets two parameters: err and session.

    Note that in the case that a session is not available, the err value is null and session is also null.

  • set(sid, session, callback)

    Save session session with id sid; the callback takes a single parameter, err.

    This should work whether or not the session id is new.

  • destroy(sid, callback)

    Delete the session with id sid; the callback takes a single parameter, err.

    This should work whether or not the session exists.

  • all(callback)

    Get all sessions that have not expired. callback takes two parameters: an err and an array of sessions.

  • length(callback)

    Get the count of sessions have not expired. callback takes two parameters: an err and an integer count.

  • clear(callback)

    Delete all sessions. callback takes one parameter: an err value.

Bonus features

  • cleanup(callback)

    Delete all sessions that have expired. This is the method that's called to garbage-collect sessions. callback takes one parameter: an err.

    NOTE that you have to have a maxAge on your cookie parameter for session() for this to work. It won't clean up sessions that never expire -- browser sessions -- even if they're very, very old.


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