Form posts twice - once as post and again as get. Can some o

Hi all,

I am having a very strange problem. I have a form with a bunch of
fields for a db query of people. The person model has_many sub models
such as addresses, skills etc. The :search action uses :include to
eager load the data from various other tables which :belong_to people.

The results page is also a form where the user can select check boxes
to the select persons from the list and then save the set.

The problem:
The form is submitted and the query processed and the results page
rendered. tail -f log shows…

First post:
Processing PersonSearchController#search (for at 2007-02-20
13:49:28) [POST]
Parameters: {“person_search”=>{“city”=>“”, “skill_id_3”=>“”,
“skill_search”=>“1”,…etc etc

…normal processing happens here till…
Rendered person_search/_results (0.00915)
Rendered layouts/_footer (0.00027)
Completed in 15.63002 (0 reqs/sec) | Rendering: 0.25152 (1%) | DB:
0.02095 (0%) | 200 OK [http://localhost/person_search/search]

The strange thing is that my breakpoint in the search action hits
again immediately. And I get a second post which actually is a get.

Processing PersonSearchController#search (for at 2007-02-20
13:49:44) [GET]
Session ID: 30519ded2f3bfa275e4cb7a2c1e67edc
Parameters: {“action”=>“search”, “controller”=>“person_search”}

There are no form params this time. This causes (500 Internal Error)

Relevant info:

A. Both the first form and the results page with the form have
auto_complete fields which work fine and actually use a dedicated

B. I am using a form_for builder on the first form though there is no
corresponding model.

Has any one seen this behaviour? Could using a form_for for a
non_model form cause this? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


PS: I am in the process of changing over to a plain old form_tag.