Ruby on Rails/ActiveRecord/Migrations/SQL
The migration system have a lot of helpers you can use to do the stuff you want to do. Sometimes you need to do stuff that's not covered by these helpers, though. That's where the execute helper comes in.
The execute helper
The execute helper is a method for use in migrations that takes one attribute - a SQL command, as a string, and will execute the SQL just like any other migration. It will also break the migration process (like the migration helpers do) if the SQL server returned an error when executing the command.
Add a default value to a column
def self.up execute "ALTER TABLE items ALTER parent_id SET DEFAULT 0" end def self.down execute "ALTER TABLE items ALTER parent_id DROP DEFAULT" end
Add a primary key
def self.up execute "ALTER TABLE taggings ADD id int(11) DEFAULT NULL auto_increment PRIMARY KEY" end def self.down remove_column :taggings, :id end