Question about one-to-many-to-many


I’ve set up a 1-M-M relationship between 3 tables/models. I can’t get
cascading deletes (haven’t tried updates yet) to work when the master
record is deleted. I’m using MySQL 4.1.x, and the error message is:

Mysql::Error: #23000Cannot delete or update a parent row: a foreign key
constraint fails: DELETE FROM contact_addresses WHERE (contact_id = 1).

Is this something that’s not supported by MySQL? Or might I have setup
my models (has_many, belongs_to, etc.) incorrectly?

Oops, forgot to mention - the error above is referring to the 1st M
table. What I believe is obviously happening is that the master record
in the 1st M table is being deleted, but it can’t because there are
child records still in the 2nd M table.

What do your relationships look like?


Logically speaking, a contact can have multiple addresses, and each
address can have multiple phone numbers:

Contact (master):

has_many :contact_addresses, :dependent => :delete_all

ContactAddress (detail 1):

belongs_to :contact
has_many :addresses_phones, :dependent => :delete_all
has_many :contact_phones, :through => :addresses_phones

ContactPhone (detail 2):

belongs_to :contact_addresses
has_many :addresses_phones, :dependent => :delete_all
has_many :contact_addresses, :through => :addresses_phones

The addresses_phones table (which links addresses and phones) is not in
the model, and simply contains contact_address_id and a contact_phone_id

I’m wondering if I need to write a line or 2 of code that first deletes
the phone records so that Rails can then delete the address and contact

Here’s the inspiration for all of the above:

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