Rails: How to SANELY connect to an old database

2012-02-10 13:48

The world is full of helpful people advising that, to connect a model to another database, you just do:

class LegacyFoo < ActiveRecord::Base
  establish_connection "foo"
end

This is great advice, and it works. But if you have multiple models using the legacy database, it turns out there’s a problem: The establish_connection is per-class, meaning you have one established connection for each model. This means that you chew up allowable connections many times faster than you expect to.

Thanks to a very helpful IRC user (thanks, Scientz!), I now have a solution for this:

1. Create a new class:

class LegacyDatabaseModel < ActiveRecord::Base
  establish_connection "foo"
end

Store this in app/models/legacydatabasemodel.rb.

2. Convert all your legacy records to inherit from it:

class LegacyFoo < LegacyDatabaseModel
   ...
end

Now all your legacy records are sharing a single connection.

Peter Seebach

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