Forum: Ruby on Rails Losing a parameter when i submit a form

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73c04e9ef9ca435c5b19a2e765ae6d20?d=identicon&s=25 Max Williams (max-williams)
on 2007-07-29 18:12
I have an Article item that i'm linking another article to.  When the
user hits the 'add link' button, i pass through a parameter called
"original_article_id", which points to the current article:

#on my article's 'show' page:
<%= link_to 'Add a link', :action => 'new_link', :original_article_id => %>

There's no 'new_link' action, just a form page called new_link.  On the
form, i can get the original_article_id no problem:  i get the article
and display its title:

<% @orig_article = Article.find(:first, :conditions => ["id = ?",
params[:original_article_id]])  %>
<h3>New link for "<%= @orig_article.title unless @orig_article == nil

So far so good.  However, when the form gets submitted, it calls my
'create_link' action, in the controller, and this *can't* retrieve the
original_article_id:  doing the exact same find as above gives me nil:

#in the controller this returns nil
@original_article = Article.find(:first, :conditions => ["id = ?",
params[:original_article_id] ])

It's as if when my form is submitted my parameter gets lost.  Does
anyone know why this is happening?  Is it something to do with the
params hash getting wiped before submitting the form details in it?

thanks in advance...
0bc521d302be12bbebd1c955c1f83a01?d=identicon&s=25 Astorian (Guest)
on 2007-07-29 22:29
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Hi Max, I am very new to this, but I think you'd need to
add :original_article_id to the params being submitted by the second
form. The params don't stick around. I know the following works,
although I believe it is a beginner's hack. To set up your add_link
form, run the following action. This creates a new Link object, sets
the correct original article id, and supplies this object to your

def add_link
   @link =
   @link.original_article_id = params[:original_article_id]

in the second form, use a hidden field to hold this

<%= hidden_field 'link', 'original_article_id'  %>

when the form gets submitted, this will be added to the params hash.
When you run the create_link action, it will get set correctly.

def create_link
@link =[:link])
if ...


On Jul 29, 12:12 pm, Max Williams <>
73c04e9ef9ca435c5b19a2e765ae6d20?d=identicon&s=25 Max Williams (max-williams)
on 2007-07-30 00:10
Ahhh...figured it was something like that :)

That's very helpful, thanks a lot.
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