An extension to ActiveRecord to store IP Addresses in the database as integers
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An extension to ActiveRecord to store IP Addresses in the database as integers, in part to IPAddr.

class Visit < ActiveRecord::Base

Here's an example of using it:

>> visit =
=> #<Visit id: nil, ip_address: nil, created_at: nil, updated_at: nil>
>> visit.ip_address = ""
=> ""
>> visit.ip_address
=> #<IPAddr: IPv4:>
>> visit.ip_address.to_i
=> 2130706433
>> visit.ip_address.to_s
=> ""

This assumes you are using a column named :ip_address. To change this behavior, pass in a parameter with the column you care to use:

class Visit < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_ip_address :visit_ip

Known issues

* Setting ip_address to an invalid IP address will fail with an ArgumentError from IPAddr.
  * Ideally, it should let you pass any value in without error, but invalid IP addresses will add a validation error during validation
  * In the mean time, you probably want to only this when the IP Address will definitely be correct, ie from a controller's `request.remote_ip`.

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.

  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.

  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.

  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but

    bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright © 2009 Joshua Nichols. See LICENSE for details.