ORYON100 ORYON100 - 2 months ago 12x
Ruby Question

friendly_id slugs keep returning nil causing ActiveRecord error

i am just introduced categories to my blog and i already had friendly working on posts. so i decided to integrate it onto categories aswell. the problem is i keep getting the error

Couldn't find Category with 'id'=test-2
and also
ActiveRecord::RecordNotFound in CategoriesController#show
Please understand that i have tried implementing the many solutions i found here but i just couldn't get it to work

class CategoriesController < ApplicationController

before_action :find_category, only: [:show, :update, :edit, :destroy]

def index
@categories = Category.all

def new
@category = Category.new

def create
@category = Category.new(category_params)
if @category.save
flash[:success] = "Category created"
redirect_to categories_path

render 'new'

def edit


def update
if @category.update(category_params)
flash[:success]="name was successfully updated"
redirect_to category_path(@category)
render 'edit'

def show


def category_params

def find_category
@category = Category.friendly.find(params[:id])


now the weird pard is when i get into the rails console and try updating the slugs, it shows them as below:

Category Load (0.3ms) SELECT "categories".* FROM "categories" ORDER BY "categories"."id" ASC LIMIT 1000
(0.1ms) begin transaction
Category Exists (0.1ms) SELECT 1 AS one FROM "categories" WHERE ("categories"."id" != 1) AND "categories"."slug" = ? LIMIT 1 [["slug", "sports"]]

Above we can see it says slug, sports.. which is great but when i do a find... the slug appears to be nil as below:

2.3.0 :058 > c = Category.find(1)
Category Load (0.8ms) SELECT "categories".* FROM "categories" WHERE "categories"."id" = ? LIMIT 1 [["id", 1]]
=> #<Category id: 1, name: "sports", created_at: "2016-07-28 15:12:13", updated_at: "2016-07-28 15:12:13", slug: nil>

and i also tried to confirm this by trying to find the actual slug:

2.3.0 :051 > Category.find(1).slug
Category Load (0.2ms) SELECT "categories".* FROM "categories" WHERE "categories"."id" = ? LIMIT 1 [["id", 1]]
=> nil

slug seems to be nil.

and finally, just in case it is relevant... this is my show.html.erb

<h1 align="center"><%= "Category: " + @category.name %></h1>
<div align = "center">
<% if user_signed_in? %>
<div id="admin_links">
<%= link_to "Edit", edit_category_path(@category) %>
<%= link_to "Delete", category_path(@category), method: :delete, data: {confirm: "Are you sure you want to delete?"} %>
<% end %>

<%= link_to "Edit Category name", edit_category_path(@category) %>


here is the category.rb

class Category < ActiveRecord::Base
extend FriendlyId
friendly_id :name, use: :slugged
has_many :category_posts
has_many :posts, through: :category_posts

def should_generate_new_friendly_id?
slug.blank? || name_changed?

When i do
in console, this is the result

Category Load (0.3ms) SELECT "categories".* FROM "categories" ORDER BY "categories"."id" ASC LIMIT 5
=> [#<Category id: 1, name: "sports", created_at: "2016-07-28 15:12:13", updated_at: "2016-07-28 15:12:13", slug: nil>,
#<Category id: 2, name: "Nerd", created_at: "2016-07-28 17:33:35", updated_at: "2016-07-28 17:33:35", slug: nil>,
#<Category id: 3, name: "testing", created_at: "2016-07-28 17:38:22", updated_at: "2016-07-28 17:39:23", slug: nil>,
#<Category id: 4, name: "test 2", created_at: "2016-07-28 19:10:18", updated_at: "2016-07-28 19:10:18", slug: nil>,
#<Category id: 5, name: "books", created_at: "2016-07-28 19:29:18", updated_at: "2016-07-28 19:29:18", slug: nil>


In your Category model you have attr_accessor :slug, which will override the setter method that is being used for the field in the database. This means that the slug field will not be saved.

Remove attr_accessor :slug from your model + recreate the instances again to regenerate the slugs.