#169 ✓resolved
Tim Morgan

table.create! does not create columns when called in a different database context

Reported by Tim Morgan | February 26th, 2008 @ 02:29 AM

If you define a DataMapper::Base instance in the context of one database, then call its table.create! method in the context of another database, it will create the table in that second context, but will not create any columns.

Here is complete Ruby code to reproduce the problem, when using PostgreSQL:

require 'rubygems'
require 'data_mapper'

# Create two databases
`createdb first`
`createdb second`

# Define the context for the first database
DataMapper::Database.setup(:first, {
  :adapter => 'postgresql',
  :host => 'localhost',
  :username => 'postgres',
  :password => 'pass',
  :database => 'first'

# Define the context for the second database
DataMapper::Database.setup(:second, {
  :adapter => 'postgresql',
  :host => 'localhost',
  :username => 'postgres',
  :password => 'pass',
  :database => 'second'

# In the context of the first database...
DataMapper.database(:first) do |context|
  # Initialize an ORM object
  class Example < DataMapper::Base
    property :name, :string

# In the context of the second database...
DataMapper.database(:second) do |context|
  # Create the example table

# Now print the columns for the example table
puts `echo "\\d examples" | psql second`

sleep 4

# And drop the example databases
`dropdb first`
`dropdb second`

I have not tested this in MySQL or SQLite. It should output an "examples" table with no columns save for the primary key, even though a "name" column should also exist.

I'm writing this under the assumption that you can define ORM objects in one context and use them in any context. Even if that's not the case -- if it's the case that if you define an ORM object in one context you are limited to using it in that context -- it should still fail more explicitly than this.

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