Collection_select has_and_belongs_to_many update_attributes

I know there have been threads on this before but I was thinking
shouldn’t multiple collection_select automatically update habtm
relations when you update_attributes?

In order to get multiple collection_select to work I use:

collection_select(:user, :group_ids, Group.find(:all), :id,

In fact if I don’t set the :name field like this I get an error:

undefined method each' for #<Group:0x40ad2ee4> /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-1.13.2/lib/active_record/base.rb:1501:inmethod_missing’

which suggests that ActiveRecord is expecting to loop through this list
of groups. However with the :name field set as above the error goes
away, but the habtm relation doesn’t get updated.

Actually as I was writing this I just worked out and tested the
solution, what’s needed is the following:

collection_select(:user, :group_ids, Group.find(:all), :id,

Now this is something that should go in the rails recipes book!

It would rock even harder if the created_on stuff held for the habtm
join table as well …

I made a doc patch and submitted it:


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