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Schrödingers defaultScope: defaultScope exists but at the same time does not #5277

manuelbieh opened this Issue Jan 21, 2016 · 2 comments


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manuelbieh commented Jan 21, 2016

I have a model with no defaultScope defined explicitly. So when I do:


I get an error:

Error: Invalid scope defaultScope called.
    at W:\dev\node_modules\sequelize\lib\model.js:1214:13

When I try to add a defaultScope using Token.addScope('defaultScope', {}) (without setting the override: true flag) I get another error:

Error: The scope defaultScope already exists. Pass { override: true } as options to silence this error
    at [object Object].Model.addScope (W:\temp\node_modules\sequelize\lib\model.js:1100:11)

So it looks like a defaultScope is not defined thus invalid but at the same time it seems to be defined internally because I get an error that it is already defined (which it is not really).

In my usecase I want to execute database operations based on REST requests. So:
GET /users/2
is mapped to:
Users.scope(req.query.scope || 'defaultScope').findById(;

Since defaultScope is not explicitly defined, I get the error above. I think it would be nice (and probably wouldn't cause any problems) if an "empty" defaultScope is always defined (defaulting to {}). Or option 2: allow to set a defaultScope using the addScope() method without being forced to set the override flag.


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manuelbieh commented Jan 30, 2016

Thanks! 👍


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codepunkt commented Mar 24, 2016

@janmeier @mickhansen
I don't think this is a wise choice, as you've now introduced additional magic that is not obvious at first sight.

On the one hand, the addScope documentation now does not reflect the need to pass { override: true } when adding a defaultScope.

I think it's perfectly fine that the scope method errors when you try to set a scope that is not defined (in this case: defaultScope).

wouldn't this be an option?

var ScopedUsers = req.query.scope ? Users.scope(req.query.scope) : Users
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