Forum: Ruby on Rails Sqlite3 migration and CURRENT_TIMESTAMP

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Morgan N. (Guest)
on 2006-04-20 19:48
I'm trying out migrations for the first time, and I'm having a problem
with my sqlite3 db.  A trivial example of what I'm seeing:

class InitDb < ActiveRecord::Migration
    def self.up
        create_table :mytable, :force => true do |t|
            t.column :lname, :string
            t.column :created_at, :string, :default =>
    def self.down

When I dump the SQL from that command (with #to_sql), the
CURRENT_TIMESTAMP field is single quoted.  This tells Sqlite3 that you
want to use a string literal as the default, not the CURRENT_TIMESTAMP
function.  So, instead of default timestamps, I get literal
"CURRENT_TIMESTAMP" strings in my records.

Is there any way to tell ActiveRecord to not quote the default field?

I though about calling #execute with an "ALTER TABLE ADD COLUMN"
command, but from the sqlite3 docs:

The ADD [COLUMN] syntax is used to add a new column to an existing
table. The new column is always appended to the end of the list of
existing columns. Column-def may take any of the forms permissable in a
CREATE TABLE statement, with the following restrictions:

    * The column may not have a PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE constraint.
    * The column may not have a default value of CURRENT_TIME,
    * If a NOT NULL constraint is specified, then the column must have a
default value other than NULL.

So I can't do this, either...


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