Rendering a view outside of controller?

Is there anyway I can render a view outside of a controller ?

I’m using BackgroundRB , and I’d like to use render_to_string in a
worker to render some html that will update a facebook profile. These
are perodic updates and so these must happen in a scheduled process
rather than in real time from a controller.

The only other option I can think of is just to create an action that my
worker calls with the appropriate values and ensure that the request is
only allowed locally. I’d prefer not to do this as it may tie up some of
my web server processes…

On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 6:43 AM, Dave F.
[email protected] wrote:

only allowed locally. I’d prefer not to do this as it may tie up some of
my web server processes…

I haven’t tried myself,but you have access to entire rails environment
in your worker, hence you can use render_to_string easily.
Also, You probably want the rendered result to be saved in database or
result hash.


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I don’t know if this is something you have considered, but using wget
in cron locally might be another option.

H

blasterpal wrote:

I don’t know if this is something you have considered, but using wget
in cron locally might be another option.

Yeah, that’s what I was implying in my first post

“The only other option I can think of is just to create an action that
my
worker calls with the appropriate values and ensure that the request is
only allowed locally.”

Which is what I’ve done for the mean time. Using BackgroundRB to
schedule a worker which uses Net::HTTP to do a get request to an action
on my application. I decided to keep with backgroundrb to do this (as
opposed to cron and wget) as I"ve got other processes which happen so
this keeps things consistent.

Well this may not be a very elegant solution(or may not even be viable)
but
you can probably do this

def get_binding
binding
end

File.open("#{RAILS_ROOT}/app/views//", “r”){|f|
template=f.readlines.to_s
}
rhtml = ERB.new(template)
str=rhtml.result(self.get_binding)
out.write str #your rhtml rendered as html

instead of using render_to_string to render some html

On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 4:04 AM, Dave F. <

Hemant K. wrote:

On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 6:43 AM, Dave F.
[email protected] wrote:

only allowed locally. I’d prefer not to do this as it may tie up some of
my web server processes…

I haven’t tried myself,but you have access to entire rails environment
in your worker, hence you can use render_to_string easily.
Also, You probably want the rendered result to be saved in database or
result hash.


Let them talk of their oriental summer climes of everlasting
conservatories; give me the privilege of making my own summer with my
own coals.

http://gnufied.org

Yes I’ve got access to the environment but as render_to_string is
defined in ActionController I have to instantiate this either from base
or an existing controller … when I do this it gives me an from
render_to_string when it calls ‘erase_render_results’:

  def erase_render_results #:nodoc:
    response.body = nil
    @performed_render = false
  end

response is nil and so it blows up there…

It’s easy to replicate, just try calling the action of another
controller (that calls render_to_string) inside a controller.

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