Run two NodeBB forums in parallel on same server



  • I tried to run two NodeBB forums in parallel. And apparently they interfere with each other regarding CSRF tokens and SID.

    I setup two independ copies of NodeBB /opt/nodebb/tf1 (port 4567) and /opt/nodebb/tf2 (port 4568). Both are proxied through an Apache 2.4 server. The config file of the server looks like:

    <VirtualHost *:80>
            ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
            DocumentRoot /var/www/html
    
            ProxyRequests off
    
            <Proxy *>
                    Order deny,allow
                    Allow from all
            </Proxy>
    
            RewriteEngine On
    
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}  ^/tf1/socket.io            [NC]
            RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} transport=websocket        [NC]
            RewriteRule /tf1/(.*)       ws://localhost:4567/tf1/$1 [P,L]
    
            ProxyPass /tf1/ http://localhost:4567/tf1/
            ProxyPassReverse /tf1/ http://localhost:4567/tf1/
    
    
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}  ^/tf2/socket.io            [NC]
            RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} transport=websocket        [NC]
            RewriteRule /tf2/(.*)       ws://localhost:4568/tf2/$1 [P,L]
    
            ProxyPass /tf2/ http://localhost:4568/tf2/
            ProxyPassReverse /tf2/ http://localhost:4568/tf2/
    </VirtualHost>
    

    Looking at the cookies I have, it seems to me that the express.sid cookie might be the culprit. Its path is set to / instead to either /tf1/ or /tf2/.



  • Definitely were the cookies. Digged in the code and found the problem in src/middleware/index.js. Created a pull request that fixes this problem:
    https://github.com/NodeBB/NodeBB/pull/4663



  • @Dravere I tried this but it didn't seem to resolve the problem for me. I don't have the sites in sub-folders - I'm using different ports instead i.e 4567 and 4566

    I added the code here:

    https://github.com/NodeBB/NodeBB/pull/4663/commits/b530361851c45311e98b76759710216d595d22eb


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