Cookies - set on non-cached pages, read on all pages

Richard Chiswell richard.chiswell at
Tue Apr 20 16:41:16 CEST 2010

Hi David,

> We use a javascript cookie to display the user's first name in the header of our site. Our site uses Varnish to cache all pages except a login page, where the cookie is set.
> What we need to be able to do is set the cookie once (name='David') on the login page so that we can display 'Hello David' on all other pages.
> For a given cached page, if the user's browser already has a cookie saved, then we display its value ('Hello David'). If no cookie is found then we display 'Login'.
We've done something similar - just get Varnish to ignore the cookie 
entirely and then just use Javascript to check for the cookie and write 
out the data. If there is no cookie, it shows "Login".


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