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Extending CliQr Users’ Login Timeout

Even though I’ve been in the cloud management space for years now, it is only my first month at CliQr and so I’ve been testing out deploying applications while learning my way around the product. If you’re like me, you can get distracted once in awhile: someone comes by the desk to chat, a coffee refill is needed, etc, etc. Something I noticed that was causing me a bit of frustration was that if I stepped away from my desk while an application was deploying, when I came back, the session had expired and I had to log back in.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that huge of a deal and I understand that it’s a security feature. Honestly, my experience with learning the product has been very easy and so I look for things that bothered me enough to figure out how to fix. I’m happy to report that not only did I find out how to do it, but it’s super easy as well. Note, that because you have to edit a file on the Manager server, this is only available if you host your own instance of CliQr, not if you are using our SaaS version.

  1. SSH into your CliQr Manager
  2. Navigate to /usr/local/apache-tomcat-<version>/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/
  3. Use your favorite text editor to open the web.xml file
  4. Find where it says <session-timeout>15</session-timeout>
  5. Change the value of 15 to what ever you would like the timeout to be, in minutes
  6. Save the file
  7. Restart the Tomcat server (/etc/init.d/tomcat stop then /etc/init.d/tomcat start)

There you have it! This alteration and use case was very simple but, as I get more advanced with the product, I’ll be sharing more of these little tricks here in blog format.

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