Saturday, March 20, 2010

ActiveRecord::SerializationTypeMismatch (search_fields was supposed to be a Hash, but was a String):

This error was happening on a field that stored a serialized Hash.

It appears the size of the field was too small. I had it at a string varchar(255) and after changing it to a limit of 1000, the error went away.

change_column :users, :search_fields, :string, :limit => 1000

I presume this is due to a few characters at the end getting cut off, so the data structure no longer matched a hash.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Rails Exception Logger Plugin

This is simple to set up, but not so easy to find on the web. Just writing it down so it's easier to find in one place.

First install the plugin. Do this from the app_root directory.

script/plugin install git://

Next, generate the migration and run it:

script/generate exception_migration
rake db:migrate

Add this to your ApplicationController

class ApplicationController
include ExceptionLoggable

Then, add to routes the following:

map.connect "logged_exceptions/:action/:id", :controller => "logged_exceptions"

Restart your system to pick up the plugin.

To get pagination working with will_paginate, go into plugins/exception_logger/init.rb and modify it so it looks like this.

require 'will_paginate'
$PAGINATION_TYPE = 'will_paginate'
#require 'paginating_find'
#$PAGINATION_TYPE = 'paginating_find'
LoggedExceptionsController.view_paths = [File.join(directory, 'views')]

And, in my case, I didn't have redcloth installed, so I modified plugins/exception_logger/views/logged_exceptions/_show.rhtml

I removed textilize and used 'simple_format'

By the way, there is part of the logged_exceptions README that encourages you to overwrite a few methods, including render_404(exception)

To do this, you would do something like the following. In your application_controller:

def render_404(exception)
render :file => '/errors/400', :status => 400

This would be good if you wanted to reuse your layouts and show a dynamic page instead of using one of the static pages in the /public directory.

One last thing
If you want to restrict access to the logged_exception controller and you are using authlogic from binary logic, here is one way to do it:

In authorization_rules.rb, add the privilege to manage logged_exceptions

role :administrator do
has_permission_on :logged_exceptions, :to => :manage

Then, in the plugins/exception_logger/lib/logged_exceptions_controller.rb

I changed the file to look like this:

class LoggedExceptionsController .. ApplicationController

filter_access_to :query, require => :manage
filter_access_to :destroy_all, :require => :manage

And - the icing on the cake. I a free rss app for the iphone. Entered the url for the rss feed with the authlogic user_credentials parameter attached to the url

You can get the single_access_token from the user table - just use your admin user to access the rss feed. Very handy to have an rss feed of the latest exceptions right on your iphone. You can also modify the views to add more information to the rss item if you need to.