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WebDirect users are losing data due to session timeout, is there an autosave feature?

Question asked by xandon on Nov 21, 2017
Latest reply on Nov 21, 2017 by xandon

Product and version:

  • reproduced in WebDirect on
    • FileMaker Server

OS and version:

  • Mac Os 10.12.6
    • Safari 11.0.1 (12604.


  • WebDirect users are losing data due to session timeout. If a user begins to type information into a field and does not manually commit the field before the session timeout, they will lose what they have typed.
  • This happens when users are typing data into a field using WebDirect. The timeout flashes on the screen for only a few seconds and almost always results in the user losing the text they had been typing into the field.
  • This does not appear to happen if the user loses connection with the host. In that case it seems to handles the disconnect.

How to replicate:

  • Set the WebDirect session timeout to 15min ( in admin console on server )
  • Open a solution in web direct, select a text field and start typing. If you do not commit the record, the time out will flash up after 15 minutes. If you continue to type, or do not hit “ cancel” in time, the session will end. Any text that had not been committed in the field will be lost.
  • The timeout dialogue happens very quickly 3-5 seconds.


  • Tell users to regularly commit the record manually. This is a painful thing when they forget or are not constantly monitoring their WebDirect session.
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