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How I can modify session timeout in stash ?

smith Feb 20, 2013

I modify conf/web.xml and WEB_INF/web.xml like this <session-timeout>300</session-timeout>, but it seems session only keep in 5-10 minites, then I modify server.xml add '<Context docBase="${catalina.home}/atlassian-stash" ... defaultSessionTimeOut="3600" ..., also not work.

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Charles O'Farrell Feb 20, 2013

Hi Smith,

You had it right the first time. Modifying the conf/web.xml file should be the way to increase the timeout (and remove the WEB-INF/web.xml changes). It's in seconds, so 300 is 5 minutes. You will want to increase that to something greater?

I hope this helps.


smith Feb 21, 2013

Charles O'Farrell,

I midified conf/web.xml to <session-timeout>3600</session-timeout> as your helps,but it seems not work, my environment is stash2.1.2 on suse linux sp10.

  <!-- ==================== Default Session Configuration ================= -->
  <!-- You can set the default session timeout (in minutes) for all newly   -->
  <!-- created sessions by modifying the value below.                       -->


Charles O'Farrell Feb 21, 2013

Hi Smith,

I'm pretty confident that's the file you need to modify. What are you seeing exactly? Are the sessions timing out at _exactly_ 5 minutes like the default is still applied, or are you being logged out at strange intervals?



smith Feb 21, 2013

Hi Charles,

First,I test timeout on a pc vpn to server, it seems not work. Just now I test it on LAN pc , It work well, thank your helps very much.

and the web.xml say "the default session timeout (in minutes) " , the fact it is in seconds as you say.

Good lucky!


Svante Gustafsson Feb 27, 2014


Just want to verify:

Is it really is seconds? The default value in web.xml is 30 and the comment in the file states (in minutes)

I want to increase this to 6 hours. Should I use 360 or 21600?


// Svante

Charles O'Farrell Feb 27, 2014

Hi Svante,

I don't know what I was thinking (or where I got that example from). The timeout is in minutes (so 360).



Svante Gustafsson Feb 27, 2014

Mucho Gracias!

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Alexey Efimov Feb 20, 2013

It is not needed in fact. What problem you try to solve?

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Alexey Efimov Feb 20, 2013

Stash is not statefull application. What problem you trying to solve?

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