File_column - how to test for empty column?

I am using the excellent file_column, but have run into an issue.

I am wanting the user to be able to not upload an image if they so
choose. Then I am trying to determine if that column is empty or not,
and display a generic image if that column is empty.

I have tried both of the following code blocks:

<% if @newsentry.image -%>
<%= link_to(image_tag((url_for_image_column “newsentry”, “image”,
:small), :size => “50x50”, :border => 0, :class =>“news_photo”),
:controller => ‘news’, :action => ‘article’, :id => @newsentry) %>
<% else -%>
<%= link_to(image_tag("/images/news/photo_news_sm.jpg", :size =>
“50x50”, :border => 0, :class =>“news_photo”), :controller =>
@newsentry’, :action => ‘article’, :id => @newsentry) %>
<% end -%>

and

<% if (! @newsentry.image.nil?) and (@newsentry.image.length > 0) -%>
<%= link_to(image_tag((url_for_image_column “newsentry”, “image”,
:small), :size => “50x50”, :border => 0, :class =>“news_photo”),
:controller => ‘news’, :action => ‘article’, :id => @newsentry) %>
<% else -%>
<%= link_to(image_tag("/images/news/photo_news_sm.jpg", :size =>
“50x50”, :border => 0, :class =>“news_photo”), :controller =>
@newsentry’, :action => ‘article’, :id => @newsentry) %>
<% end -%>

Either way I get the error:

“cannot convert nil into String”

and it is failing here:
./script/…/config/…/vendor/plugins/file_column/lib/magick_file_column.rb:47:in
`exists?’

which tells me that it thinks the if statement is true, but then when
file_column tries to test its existence that it fails…

I looked in the db, and that field is indeed on the ones that
didn’t have files uploaded.

What is the proper way to test this?

BTW, when I remove entries that don’t have an image uploaded, it
works just fine…

Thanks,
jeremy

file_column has a method which tells you whether the file has just been
uploaded or not, take a look at he source code, which has all the
documentation in it.

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