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Synchronizing Rails DB Contents Via Fixtures

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The following rake task will dump the contents of the current environment's database to YAML fixtures. Stick the following in lib/tasks/fixtures.rake:


namespace :db do
  namespace :fixtures do
    
    desc 'Create YAML test fixtures from data in an existing database.  
    Defaults to development database.  Set RAILS_ENV to override.'
    task :dump => :environment do
      sql  = "SELECT * FROM %s"
      skip_tables = ["schema_info"]
      ActiveRecord::Base.establish_connection(:development)
      (ActiveRecord::Base.connection.tables - skip_tables).each do |table_name|
        i = "000"
        File.open("#{RAILS_ROOT}/test/fixtures/#{table_name}.yml", 'w') do |file|
          data = ActiveRecord::Base.connection.select_all(sql % table_name)
          file.write data.inject({}) { |hash, record|
            hash["#{table_name}_#{i.succ!}"] = record
            hash
          }.to_yaml
        end
      end
    end
  end
end


After making changes to the database that you'd like to dump to fixtures:


rake db:fixtures:dump


After checking out updated fixtures from SVN:


rake db:migrate
rake db:fixtures:load
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