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Mike Abner

ActiveResource not handling updates correctly

Reported by Mike Abner | July 2nd, 2010 @ 11:08 PM

Docs say that calls to PUT should return an HTTP 204 status with no content. If you follow that then you get an error in ActiveRecord::Base.load_attributes_from_response. "NoMethodError: undefined method strip' for nil:NilClass".

If you use Sinatra and write an API that conforms to the ActiveResource docs, then you should return a 204 status with no body there is no Content-Length header set...and Rack won't let you set one. 'Rack::Lint::LintError: Content-Length header found in 204 response, not allowed'

class Task < ActiveResource::Base
t = Task.create(:desc => "do something")
t.desc = "Do the dishes"!  <-- Errors out with 'NoMethodError: undefined method `strip' for nil:NilClass' because there is no content length header.

The fix is simple.

def load_attributes_from_response(response)
  if !response['Conent-Length'].blank? && response['Content-Length'] != "0" &&
        response.body.strip.size > 0

For Reference:

Line 464: check_content_type

There must be a Content-Type, except when the
Status is 1xx, 204 or 304, in which case there must be none

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