Forum: Ruby on Rails Pre-selecting options_from_collection_for_select Options

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Ben S. (Guest)
on 2005-12-19 19:34
I'm trying to use options_from_collection_for_select to generate options
for a multiple select:

<select id="metro_area_states" name="states[]" size="10"
  <%= options_from_collection_for_select State.find(:all), :id, :name,
@metro_area.states %>

When selecting values for the first time, it works great. I use
@metro_area.state_ids= in the controller to set the selected states, and
it saves just fine.

When editing, it should pre-select the states using @metro_area.states,
but it doesn't. The docs for options_from_collection_for_select say it
uses the value parameter, :id in my case, to match against the
collection. I know @metro_area.states contains State objects. I can
output them just fine manually, but options_from_collection_for_select
doesn't like them.

Should I just do this manually myself, or is there a way to make this
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