Forum: Ruby saving ActiveRecord/form changes

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Bill B. (Guest)
on 2009-01-27 16:28
Greetings everyone,

I can't pass updated/changed values from the form elements to the
ActiveRecord.  However something is going through because the table's
update_when column is registering the date/time of the update, but
otherwise no data revisions transpire.  Have tried using form_for helper
as well, but the same results.

This is all new to me, so not sure what additional info will be
relevant.  But am using Ruby 1.8.6 with a local MYSQL 5.1 database thru
a Radrails IDE.  My apologies for whatever info I have ommitted.  Any
suggestions on where I have gone astray will be most appreciated.

Thanks, Bill


class FileController < ApplicationController

def edit
    @file = File.find(params[:id])

def update
    @file = File.find(params[:id])
    if @file.update_attributes(params[:file])
        redirect_to :action => 'show', :id => @file
        render :action => 'edit'


<% form_tag (:action => 'update', :id => do %>

<p><label for="file_description">Description</label><br>
<%= text_area 'file', 'description' </p>

<%= submit_tag 'Save changes' %>
<% end %>

<%= link_to 'Back', {:action => 'list'} %>
Brian C. (Guest)
on 2009-01-27 16:55
I'm afraid the Rails mailing lists/groups are elsewhere. This is the
Ruby programming language list.

However, as a quick guess: you should either be using form_tag with
text_area_tag, or form_for with text_area. There are plenty of sample
apps out there you can check against. Here's the one that got me
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