Admin or normal user can not logout using www.myswebsite.com/user/logout

An access denied page is displayed and the user is still logged.

using ?q=user/logout works.

It is not a rewrite problem, all other url are ok.

I have cleared the cache and deleted the cookies, tried on FF, IE & Chrome.

Any idea to investigate ?

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  • Are you using fb functionality to your site ? – Nishant Feb 27 '15 at 12:04
  • Nope, modules used are: nagios, CKEditor, IMCE – Ôrel Feb 27 '15 at 12:17
  • Actually this issue occurred due to SESSION. – Nishant Feb 27 '15 at 12:18
  • If you are using any custom module & hold the SESSION or any SESSION created in any module then first check & try to close that SESSION. Your issue will solved. – Nishant Feb 27 '15 at 12:21
  • I have trash the session table, issue is still present. – Ôrel Feb 27 '15 at 12:52

Try different way

  1. This works for me if I substitute the logged-in username for 'user', like this:




  1. this might be problem with not enabling clean url in your site go to


enable clean url and check if its working

  1. as you mentioned use http://example.com/user/logout will logout the current user section

Further readings: logout problem - https://www.drupal.org/node/1572984

enabling clean url - https://www.drupal.org/node/1572984

access denied + logout - https://www.drupal.org/node/2192401

  • clean url is working without problem. Your two links are the same. – Ôrel Feb 27 '15 at 12:38
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    so you have clean url enabled and when user go to user/logout he is still logged in. – DEVARAJ JOHNSON Feb 27 '15 at 12:41
  • yes, as far I remember it was working. I have only change the css of my theme and the page content, nothing special. – Ôrel Feb 27 '15 at 12:43

I have found the root cause. The Geocaching. I am in Australia and the server is in France. The missing of /user/logout into the apache log warns me. I have tested with a french proxy and everything is ok.

My provider offers Geocaching, the page looks to be cached.

I have purge the geocache and /user/logout works!!

The first hit of a 403 for /user/logout triggers the same problem. This is easy to understand, when user/logout is success, the answer is a 302, nothing is added into the cache whereas a 403 is permanent so it is stored.

This explains why ?q=user/logout works, it is a query no caching is done.

To summarize deactivate the geocaching.

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