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added clarification stating the counter_cache attribute needs to be c…

…reated on the associate class via a migration
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1 parent 67a5157 commit 0e7663880fad2a3e5eb76708939102fda02e612b @bsodmike committed Feb 21, 2012
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  1. +4 −3 activerecord/lib/active_record/associations.rb
@@ -1382,9 +1382,10 @@ def has_one(name, options = {})
# and +decrement_counter+. The counter cache is incremented when an object of this
# class is created and decremented when it's destroyed. This requires that a column
# named <tt>#{table_name}_count</tt> (such as +comments_count+ for a belonging Comment class)
- # is used on the associate class (such as a Post class). You can also specify a custom counter
- # cache column by providing a column name instead of a +true+/+false+ value to this
- # option (e.g., <tt>:counter_cache => :my_custom_counter</tt>.)
+ # is used on the associate class (such as a Post class) - that is the migration for <tt>#{table_name}_count</tt>
+ # is created on the associate class (such that Post.comments_count will return the count cached, see note below).
+ # You can also specify a custom counter cache column by providing a column name instead of a +true+/+false+
+ # value to this option (e.g., <tt>:counter_cache => :my_custom_counter</tt>.)
# Note: Specifying a counter cache will add it to that model's list of readonly attributes
# using +attr_readonly+.
# [:include]

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