Explicit soft deletion for ActiveRecord via deleted_at and default scope + callbacks.
Not overwriting destroy or delete.
gem install soft_deletion
rails plugin install git://github.com/grosser/soft_deletion.git
# mix into any model ... class User < ActiveRecord::Base include SoftDeletion after_soft_delete :send_deletion_emails # Rails 2 + 3 set_callback :soft_delete, :after, :prepare_emails # Rails 3 has_many :products end # soft delete them including all dependencies that are marked as :destroy, :delete_all, :nullify user = User.first user.products.count == 10 user.soft_delete! user.deleted? # true # use special with_deleted scope to find them ... user.reload # ActiveRecord::RecordNotFound User.with_deleted do user.reload # there it is ... user.products.count == 0 end # soft undelete them all user.soft_undelete! user.products.count == 10
- Rails 3 from with inspiration from https://github.com/JackDanger/permanent_records/blob/master/lib/permanent_records.rb
- maybe stuff from https://github.com/smoku/soft_delete