Forum: Ruby on Rails counter_cache for has_many through associations

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Amit (Guest)
on 2015-01-10 20:35
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class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :likes
  has_many :liked_things, :through => :likes

class Thing < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :likes
  has_many :liked_by_users, :through => :likes

class Like < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :user
  belongs_to :shot

This is my setup, and I have a `likes_count` column on Things Table. Is
there any way to keep that count updating using counter_cache ? I got it
working counter_cache on has_many association but failing to do same
has_many through association.
1bc9e5fb99769fe467712189ec2cf1bc?d=identicon&s=25 John S. (jsanderbeck)
on 2016-01-07 15:31
I am struggling with this as well.

What appears to be happening is that the deletes from the join table do
not fire the counter_cache update.

From what I have read, delete's do not fire events and that is the way
it is designed in Rails 4.

I have tried multiple workarounds from doing an after_save event,
putting the join table in it's own model, etc...  Nothing I have done
seems to decrement the count.

Anxious to see if any Ruby experts see this post and let us know the
best way to fix this.

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