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Mert Torun

default_scope behavior causes the generated SQL to be invalid for PostgreSQL

Reported by Mert Torun | October 18th, 2010 @ 03:34 PM

When I have something like

class Model < ActiveRecord::Base
  default_scope order(:ordering_column)

and I call

@counts =

in the controller(or elsewhere), ActiveRecord still appends ORDER BY 'ordering_column' to the generated SQL. This causes no problems in SQLite (probably ignored) but raises an Invalid SQL error with PostgreSQL, saying that the ordering column isn't in the query.

Either the PostgreSQL adapter or Arel should probably discard the unnecessary ORDER_BY statement for this to behave nicely.

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Andrew White

    Andrew White October 18th, 2010 @ 04:10 PM

    • Importance changed from “” to “Low”

    Is there any situation where an ORDER BY statement is useful in a COUNT query - I can't think of one. Perhaps AR::Relation should drop the order clause on all count queries?

    As a workaround you can use except to remove the order clause:

    @counts = Model.except(:order).group(:grouping_column).count
  • Santiago Pastorino

    Santiago Pastorino February 2nd, 2011 @ 04:29 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “open”

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  • Santiago Pastorino

    Santiago Pastorino February 2nd, 2011 @ 04:29 PM

    • State changed from “open” to “stale”
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