Upgrading to Mongoid Beta 6

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If you are working with Rails 3 and Mongoid, you’re likely to upgrade to [mongoid-2.0.0.beta6][1]. That’s okay, but you will run into a few problems. Among others, one will be:

Database should be a Mongo::DB, not NilClass


Mongoid::Errors::InvalidDatabase: Mongoid::Errors::InvalidDatabase

Another, Mongoid-related problem is the error uninitialized constant OrderedHash.

Luckily, these problems can be solved quite easily. [1]: http://rubygems.org/gems/mongoid

The first thing you need to do is make sure you use the right version of bson_ext. Beta 6 requires you to run bson_ext-1.0.1 or you’ll get the OrderedHash error. Okay, with that out of the way, let’s focus on the MongoDB errors.

The problem is that Mongoid is accessed/used before it is properly initialized. To resolve this issue, add the following line to your other requires at the top of config/application.rb.

require 'mongoid/railtie'

With that, you initialize Mongoid correctly. Hope it helps.

Update: I also ran into keys must be strings or symbols errors. This is now a known issue with mongoid-2.0.0.beta6 and has been fixed in master. If you are using Bundler (you are, aren’t you?) then you can use the master branch instead of the gem:

# gem 'mongoid', '2.0.0.beta6'
gem 'mongoid', :git => 'http://github.com/durran/mongoid.git'

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