Validates_presence_of and a blank form

Hey All,

I’m frustrated with validates_presence_of. I have a form, and I’m
validating four fields using validates_presence_of…

It works fine, except that when the form comes back with the error
messages, it is blank. If a user enters three of the four required
fields and submits the form, they get back a blank form with an error
message and have to re-enter everything.

It seems to me like there must be an easy way to fix this, otherwise
v_p_o is a total joke.

I’ve googled my head off to no good effect. Can anyone offer advice?


One way to make this happen is to do a redirect in the controller after or Model.update_attributes rather than a render back to the
new or edit action. Could that be your problem?

(If that’s not clear, post the update method of the appropriate



To add to the previous post…make sure that you label you form
correctly, for example:
<% form_for(@person) do |f| %>
<%= f.error_messages %>

<%= f.label :name%>
<%= f.text_field :name %>

<%= f.submit "Create" %>

<% end %>

in the code above, if the @person has a name, the text_field is then
populated with that value. or what you could do is get the choice made
by the user i.e.: <% selected_choice =
@survey.get_choice_for_question(@question) %>
end if it’s not nil display it as follows: <% selected_choice_id = unless selected_choice.nil? %>

(i have a random number of questions so i use a loop to display each
one and get the appropriate answers and such so you have to adapt my
code to what you have)

I had the same problem and this fixed it for me, so i hope it helps.
if not, show us your code and we’ll see how we can help.