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Pluralizing is not Perfect

27 Sep 2012

Adding an s to the end of something does not necessarily make it plural.

I was running my specs in my Sinatra app and I kept seeing this error...

 1         Failure/Error: gr.save(id,data)
 2             ActiveRecord::StatementInvalid:
 3               PG::Error: ERROR:  relation "gamedata" does not exist
 4               LINE 4:              WHERE a.attrelid = '"gamedata"'::regclass
 5                                                       ^
 6               :             SELECT a.attname, format_type(a.atttypid, a.atttypmod), d.adsrc, a.attnotnull
 7                             FROM pg_attribute a LEFT JOIN pg_attrdef d
 8                               ON a.attrelid = d.adrelid AND a.attnum = d.adnum
 9                            WHERE a.attrelid = '"gamedata"'::regclass
10                              AND a.attnum > 0 AND NOT a.attisdropped
11                            ORDER BY a.attnum

The problem was in the pluralization. My migration name was Create_Gamedata. Using the convention I thought was correct, while writing my migration I used

1         create_table :gamedatas do |t|

from examples I had seen, it seemed that you should always just add an s.

That is where the problem lies. The word data is actually already plural. Here is a solution to this problem...

1         self.table_name = 'gamedatas'

In my gamedata model, I added the self.table_name = 'gamedatas' line to point to the right table.

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