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Implementing destroy validate false in Rails


Not sure why Rails doesn't have a record.destroy(:validate => false) as there is this option within the save method.


  • Tested in Rails 3.2
class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  # Override destroy to avoid validation callbacks
  # but still run all other destroy callbacks as normal
  # update_attribute, update_column, and touch do not 
  # run validate callbacks
  def destroy
    run_callbacks :destroy do
      update_attribute(:deleted_at, Time.zone.now)
      # You can also put 'touch(:deleted_at)'
      # or 'update_column(:deleted_at, Time.zone.now)'
      # but be aware that they don't effect 'record.changed?'
  • Pushed on 04/18/2013 by Christian