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Can't log in to local Askbot; it simply refreshes /signin

I installed a local copy of Askbot on my Mac (inside a corporate firewall), following the instructions at It works in that I can bring it up as mac-mini.local:8000/ in a web browser, but:

  • when I go to /account/signin/ and try to log in with the username/password I created on (or even if I give a bad username/password), it simply refreshes the signin page.
  • if I click "Create a password-protected account" I go to the account creation page, but if I try to create an account with my email address it tells me "this email is already used by someone else" (presumably because that account already exists on The log/askbot.log file is empty (zero bytes); no errors are being written there.

How do I get it to work with local accounts, instead of using accounts? And why won't it work with my account?

Brian Kendig's avatar
Brian Kendig
asked 2017-07-07 11:10:59 -0500
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Of course the accounts from are not used on your site, there must be something else.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2017-07-11 15:25:02 -0500) edit

I agree. How do I debug local Askbot instance login problems?

Brian Kendig's avatar Brian Kendig (2017-07-21 13:00:28 -0500) edit
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Off-course you are just confusing yourself by comparing your Local Askbot instances with official Askbot instances..

This does not make any sense you are just comparing your INTRANETinstances with official INTERNET instances..

It seems that you have configured the Askbot incorrectly.

Please review all those askbot configurations.

gopalraha's avatar
answered 2017-07-11 05:03:10 -0500, updated 2017-07-12 22:40:33 -0500
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I followed the instructions. What did I miss, specifically? What configuration should I review?

Brian Kendig's avatar Brian Kendig (2017-07-11 07:36:30 -0500) edit

You need to review your "" file and installation steps..

gopalraha's avatar gopalraha (2017-07-11 08:04:57 -0500) edit

Done. It still isn't working. You're being vague; can you tell me specifically what config file setting or installation step I missed?

Brian Kendig's avatar Brian Kendig (2017-07-11 09:39:52 -0500) edit

I don't have your installation method's for installation you need AskBot documentation and more detailed help try Google Search...

gopalraha's avatar gopalraha (2017-07-11 11:54:03 -0500) edit

I used those and was unable to find an answer. That's why I decided to ask on Askbot. Please don't offer an answer unless you actually have an answer to offer. You haven't told me anything so far except "you did something wrong, please go look for the right answer."

Brian Kendig's avatar Brian Kendig (2017-07-11 15:18:54 -0500) edit
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