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Easy Reference Data

Used for creating a predefined set of model instances, similar to db:seed, but will update records if entries already exist.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'easy_reference_data'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install easy_reference_data


Place references in 'db/reference/'

References will be loaded in ascending order, so if an order is desired, prepend 000, 001, 002... etc to the filename.

Run with:

rake easy:reference_data:refresh


Add this line to your application's deploy.rb file:

require 'easy/reference_data/capistrano'


The below example ensures that there are 3 users existing in the database after running the 'rake reference_data:load'

### db/reference/000_users.rb
Easy::ReferenceData.refresh User, :system_code, 'nigel', name: 'Nigel Ramsay', email: ''
Easy::ReferenceData.refresh User, :system_code, 'fred', name: 'Fred Schmitt', email: ''
Easy::ReferenceData.refresh User, :system_code, 'bert', name: 'Bert Symthe', email: ''


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
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