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Nicholas Clark

Calling 'size' on an 'has_many :through' association errors

Reported by Nicholas Clark | June 26th, 2010 @ 12:56 AM

When trying to call size on an has_many through association, an error is thrown. Expected behavior would follow the vanilla has_many

I have a gist on Github that also tries to explain it.

For the following structure:

class Contact < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_one :family

class Family < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :contacts
  has_many :members

class Member < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :family
  has_many :contacts, :through => :family

When is called, the following error results:

ActiveRecord::StatementInvalid: Mysql::Error: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '))' at line 1: SELECT COUNT(*) AS count_id FROM
contacts INNER JOIN families ON contacts.family_id = WHERE (contacts.type = 'FamilyContact') AND (( = ))

Since this is a new object it shouldn't be querying at all. It also occurs when calling on a saved object (in this example, a saved Member object). Both times it fails to insert the associations through models id.

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