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Matt Jones

_was doesn't work correctly for serialized fields with nested elements

Reported by Matt Jones | November 9th, 2009 @ 06:29 PM

I've been experimenting with dirty tracking for serialized models; the problem I've run into is that will_change! and was don't work with nested arrays/hashes.


  # o.some_serialized_field starts with { 'a' => [1,2], 'b' => [3,4] }
  o['a'][0] = 5
  o.some_serialized_field_was # => gives { 'a' => [5,2], 'b' => [3,4] }

The issue is that attribute_will_change! calls clone_attribute, which only calls Object#clone. For now, I'm planning to work around the issue by defining my own some_serialized_field_will_change! method, but it'd be nice for it to work correctly.

Note that this isn't about partial updates (like #2764) or automatic change detection (like #3464 or #360) - this is a glitch in the manual "mark dirty" functionality.

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